What is a mala?
Malas are meditation or prayer beads/necklaces typically made of 108 beads plus a Meru bead, also known as guru bead. They are typically made of semi-precious stones, seeds or wood beads. The use and tradition of mala beads dates back thousands of years.
Malas were traditionally used as a tool in mediation to keep count during japa meditations which include repeating mantras. They are still largely utilized in this way today as keeping count helps focus your mind on your meditation practice.
Malas can also be worn as necklaces becoming a beautiful reminder of the intentions you set for them.
There are actually many explanations for why there are 108 beads on a mala! First, there’s said to be 108 energy lines in the body coming together at the heart chakra. 108 is also a sacred number in many religious beliefs. In the Upanishads, 1 represents the higher truth, 0 the spiritual practice and 8 represents infinity or eternity. There are also 108 beads on a rosary. Another explanation lies in the Sanskrit language. There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, each with a masculine and feminine form equaling 108.
How do I choose mala?
You can chose the beads for your mala in a few different ways! If there is something specific in your life you are working on, example... being more grounded, creating more self love, following your intuition, then chose beads that have properties that could assist in that. If you're unsure start by noticing what colors, design or artist are you drawn to and allow that to guide you in your decision. Chances are you are drawn to them for a reason! At the end of the day, what's important is that in some way, you are drawn to the mala you're going to wear or meditate with.
How do I care for my mala?
Store your mala in it’s included mala bag or hang it in a safe place when not in use. Please do not bathe, swim or sleep with your mala or bracelets. Please gently slide your bracelets on and off and avoid excess stretching as the string can break.
How do I cleanse/charge my mala?
To cleanse your mala you may carefully smudge, burn sage or palo santo, near it, or place it on a selenite slab.
To charge your mala leave it in moonlight over night during a full moon. *Please do not leave mala outside if there is any chance of rain.*
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