Mala, also known as prayer beads, is a garland tool that have been traditionally used for meditation practice in different traditions like yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism. Nowadays you can see more and more people using it as an adorned and protective necklace too.
A Mala consists of a silk string that contains 108 beads where every bead represents a truth; it also has a Guru bead and a tassel. Each bead is separated from each other by a knot, where the knot represents the challenges that life can present on the different aspects of life. To tie the mala together, there is a bigger bead known as “Guru” (Or Meru); this is a Sanskrit word which means “piece of the mountain” and represents the beginning and end of each cycle of life and in the Mala is known as the piece that receives the intention of the meditation. When the Guru bead is reached through meditation practice, it should remind the wearer of the awareness achieved through the meditation practice and that such awareness should be elevated to be used every day.
The tassel that is attached to the Guru represents a lotus blossom which means enlightenment. A Lotus flower blooms in muddy waters and symbolize one’s transformation from murky waters to an evolved version of ourselves. Along with representing enlightenment through meditation, the tassel also aids in understanding the significance of the energy that flows through consciousness. Some people elevate the tassel to their third-eye chakra to symbolize their oneness with divinity.
When a Mala breaks where the Guru bead is located, it means a cycle is ending and a new one is going to start.
The word “Mala” is a Sanskrit word that means “garland”.
Meditating with a Mala will keep you focused and will enhace your meditation practice @journeyangels
WHY 108 BEADS?
The number 108 has been known as a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga, and has been considered the number of the wholeness of existence. This number connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth, knowing that the average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters.
HOW TO MEDITATE USING A MALA?
Meditating using a Mala can be an amazing experience; this practice brings together many traditions into one meditation by combining yoga, gemstone therapy, recitation of sacred sounds, acupressure and a deep contemplative meditation. Meditating on each bead with an affirmation, or mantra, is known to bring peace of mind.To begin using your Mala in your meditation practice you can start just repeating a mantra or affirmation holding your Mala in any hand and starting at the bead that falls right after the Guru bead; recite your mantra or affirmation holding each bead between the thumb and any of your other fingers, then start moving from one bead to the next one while you recite your sound pulling each bead over the finger with your thumb. Once you reach the other end of the Mala you can say any special prayer that comes from your heart and end your session. A Mala will help you to keep focused in your meditation session.
By placing different fingers underneath the beads you will stimulate meridian points that affect different areas of your brain, experiencing certain results; this is called “acupressure”. Each meridian is located on the side of each finger between the center point and the upper knuckle. Below you can find a chart showing what each finger helps with when using a Mala as an acupressure tool:
- Index Finger (Jupiter finger): Prosperity, knowledge, wisdom.
- Middle Finger (Saturn finger): Patience.
- Ring Finger (Sun finger): Vitality and health, and strengthens the nervous system.
- Little Finger (Mercury finger): Helps to improve communication skills and intelligence.
Find the perfect Mala made with the stone that balances your inner self and connects you to the alignment meant for you. Start your meditation practice knowing that this tool will help you deepen your spiritual awareness and heighten your capacity for stillness.