If you are practicing meditation or yoga regularly, considering mala beads as part of your meditation aid is recommended. They are made up of 108 beads (plus a guru bead) that are used to keep count during your mantra meditations. Mala can also be of 21 or 27 beads, and they are sometimes used for shorter sessions or longer mantras. Malas could be used while you are meditating, and could be made of gemstones that match the reason or purpose of the practice, and they are most of the time placed in a shrine to remind of the Malas’ pronouncement.
Malas are known for its different names, one is Mala beads, also they are called as Buddhist prayer beads or Buddhist beads. Malas are used in Hinduism and Buddhism for centuries while the Rudraksha mala way back the 10th century.
How To Use Mala Beads In Meditation
Some think that using mala beads is tedious, but actually it is the other way around, it is enjoyable, easy, and simple. To help you get started below are 8 steps you can follow:
- Clarify the purpose of your meditation and decide which affirmation or mantra to use
- Look for a place that is comfortable, and sit quietly with your legs crossed
- Close your eyes, observe the depth and speed of your breath
- Start breathing deeply and put your attention and focus to your affirmation or mantra
- Hang the 1st mala bead slowly on the ring or middle finger of the right hand
- Position your thumb on the bead and start chanting your mantra
After you are done reciting your mantra, push the bead away using your thumb and go to the next bead for one more round. Continue up until you reach a count, seven, twenty one, twenty seven or one hundred eight.
If you like to work on another round of affirmations or mantras, do not miss over the bead, instead, you have to turn your mala around and then move in an opposite direction.
When choosing mala, your intuition should be used first, If a specific mala appeals a lot to you, then, that would be the best suitable mala for you to use. On the other hand, you can also choose depending on the purpose or intention of your meditation, like, choosing mala made of agate, a grounding stone, when you need more centering and grounding on.
It is also recommended that you choose the best and most attractive color of mala for you. This way, you can use and wear it anywhere and you will be happier seeing it. You can also consider the color of the mala depending on the chakras you are working on.
On the other hand, if you are buying a mala that is made of gemstones for chakra or healing therapy, it is necessary that you know whether the maker is using a gemstone reference guide, if not, you may want to seek help from someone else.