Meditation Mala beads with bodhi seeds, ebony, lotus seeds, rosewood, rudraksha seeds, sandal wood, or tulsi wood beads. Mala beads make a wonderful tactile tool to teach children about meditation and mindfulness. You may want to cleanse your mala beads from time to time. Using a Meditation Mantra is called Japa Meditation and each Mantra is repeated hundreds or even thousands of times during a Japa meditation practice.
Logan Milliken, who designs malas for Silver & Sage jewelry, says she was taught that the number 1 stands for God, the universe or your own highest truth; 0 stands for emptiness and humility in spiritual practice; and 8 stands for infinity and timelessness.
Malas can be worn as necklaces, and can also be looped multiple times around your wrist as a bracelet. While learning the basics about mala's, you will get a chance to purchase or create your own or mala bracelet and practice meditating with your brand new beads.
Our Mala Beads are hand strung and hand knotted with 108 beads and a GuruÂ bead, finishedÂ with a silk tassel. The act of passing the beads through your fingers while focusing on each breath or each mantra provides the opportunity to reawaken each time a new bead crosses the finger tips.
Malas can be used during meditation, they can be made from gemstones that match the intention of your practice, and often malas are placed in shrines as a reminder of affirmations. This Mala bracelet
is made from genuine Tiger Eye beads. As in the labradorite piece pictured to the right, malas are sometimes made to be worn around the wrist.
The head monk gave me a set of beads and told me to count the number of times I felt myself about to nod off. The simple act of moving the beads through your fingers has a calming effect all on it's own. Some examples include the 108 energy lines that converge to form the heart chakra , 108 goddess names, and the diameter of the sun, which is 108 times the diameter of the earth.
We will discuss the different ways to use mala beads as well as how to incorporate mantras into your meditation practice. Start by mediating Hang a mala bead between the your middle finger and index finger of your right hand. Every stone has a different energy and significance for the individual wearing it. A strand of mala beads can have a variety of stones mixed so as to create a mix and blend of energies that coincide with your intentions when it comes to meditation.
Take the mala and turn it so the guru bead is just below your thumb. However, in Jōdo Shinshū , prayer beads are typically shorter and held draped over both hands and are not ground together. And even if mantras don't resonate with you, you can try using a mala to count affirmations of your own creation, too.
The guru bead, will hang perpendicular to the counting beads at the middle bottom of the Mala Necklace. Your thumb should allow you to easily move through each bead that is held by one of your fingers. A full-length mala also may contain spacer beads or counter beads, which divide the mala into 4 sections of 27 beads each.
There is also a head bead, one that is larger than the others, and it is often called a guru bead." Some believe that this bead has a special significance, as representing one's guru, for example, but very practically, this bead is the starting point for the circuit, and is not counted among the 108 total.
Activating your mala is a beautiful way to connect the beads to your energy and intention. Stop when you reach the guru bead (the larger bead dangling from the top), this means it is time to reflect. Sometimes there are special or different shaped beads placed after every 27th bead to make it easier to keep track of the mantra.