Mala beads hold a lot of mystery. They’re made in a range of different colors and materials, and while they’re used for generally the same reason, they mean something slightly different to all who wear them. If you’re curious how you might be able to use a mala, you’ve come to the right place.
What is a mala?
A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the head bead called a “Guru’s Bead”. Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions, or simply worn as an intention based piece of jewelry.
Why use a mala?
Often times we are trying hard to manifest a particular energy or intention into our lives. It is said that by repeating the “intention” as a mantra ( a repetition of words) over and over, that it can help to bring forth transformation. By sitting in a still meditation position, and repeating your intention into each bead, then wearing your mala out into the world; it can help one to bring the intention alive!
How is a mala used?
The mala is traditionally held in the right hand and the mala is hanging between the thumb and the ring finger. The second finger is used to rotate the mala by one bead toward oneself with each repetition of breath or mantra. The index finger is never used to touch the mala. (The index finger represents ego, seen as the greatest impediment to self-realization in ancient Hinduism). The practice begins at head bead and continues around the loop until the head bead is reached again.
My Global Namaste mala beads are all handmade. Created with seeds and beads directly from India and semi-precious stones to help manifest specific intentions. Custom orders are available for those with a special intention in mind.
Photos taken by: Chloe Moore Photography http://www.chloemoorephotography.com