Using Your Mala
Your mala is so much more than a beautiful piece of jewellery. Whether you use it for it’s healing powers and energies, or for meditation, your mala is a sacred piece of jewellery.
While mala beads have traditionally been used in prayer and meditation, anyone can adorn their bodies with these beautiful pieces – the most important thing is to believe in their power, and allow yourself to trust in your malas energies.
Meditating on Your Mala
While meditating on your mala, most people will use a mantra – a word or phrase which is repeated to assist in concentration. Your mantra can be something as simple as the word ‘love’, or a sanskrit phrase such as “sat nam”, which translates to ‘truth is my name’.
While meditating on your mala, you will count your mantras. To do this, you will need to hold your mala in your hands and gently turn each bead between your thumb and your middle finger.
Once you have made your way around the mala, counting your mantras on each bead (all of ours have 108 beads – a sacred and traditional number), you will come to the guru bead. Your mala’s guru bead signifies time for reflection, where you will give thanks to your mantra, reflect on your meditation practice, or sing yourself praises for slowing down, and allowing yourself the time to meditate.
Meditation takes practice and patience, and as such, you need to show yourself kindness and forgiveness. Your mind will always wander, so it is important to allow yourself time to practice mindfulness – bringing your attention back to your mantra and your beads is key.