A mala is a strand of 108, 54, 27 or 21 beads used in a meditation practice. These beads have been used in Hinduism and Buddhism for centuries and one can use the beads to count as a mantra or intention is repeated. Different gems can also be used to further an intention or affirmation that is important to the user. When the wearer is not meditating, the act of wearing the beads can serve as a reminder of the goal and energetic properties that they entail.
How to use a mala:
Set your intention for meditation and choose your mantra or affirmation.
Find a comfortable seat, begin to breathe deeply and allow the mind to quiet and focus on your intention.
Put the first mala bead gently on the middle or ring finger of your right hand.
Place your thumb on the guru bead and start reciting your mantra.
After repeating your mantra push the mala bead away with your thumb and move to the next bead for another round. Continue until you reach a count on 7, 21, 27, or 108.
If you would like to do another round, do not skip over the guru bead; just turn the mala around and move in the opposite direction.
When choosing your mala beads, I recommend always going with your own intuition first. Many times a piece will "speak to" us. The malas that I make are produced with intention, love and quality. Beads are carefully selected and hand-knotted on silk string for durability. If you are looking for a specific quality or intention a custom mala is available upon request- please reach out to the studio and we'll work together to create your own beautiful set of mala beads.
In my own practice, some mantras I use are "I am here" | "let go" | "lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu" (may all beings everywhere be happy and free").
In happiness and health,
Emily S. Walkup, B.A., E-RYT200