Although they are beautiful and delightful to behold, mala necklaces and bracelets have a deeper purpose beyond ornamentation. Used by devout followers of many religions and secular people alike, mala beads are used as focus aids in prayer and mindfulness practices, such as yoga and medication.
All About Malas and Prayer/Meditation Beads
Full malas possess 108 beads of the same size and one larger bead, called a meru bead. Smaller malas are available. These contain 54 or 27 beads, depending on if you want to wear the mala as a necklace or bracelet. The beads are made from a wide variety of materials including gemstones, wood, seeds and bone.
Malas are used as chanting beads in many religious and mindfulness practices. The user moves their fingers along the beads while reciting a mantra. The mala helps the user focus and keep a count of the mantras recited.
How to Choose and Energize Your Mala
When it comes to choosing mala beads, you can use any count, color or material that appeals to you. However, some colors and gemstones have deeper meanings. If you really want to invigorate your efforts, you may want to choose a color that aligns with your goals. For example, red beads are thought to increase clarity and focus.
Some people believe you must energize your mala beads before you use them. If you’d like to do this, hold yours in the palm of your hand and visualize your intention or the goal you want to reach with the help of the mala beads.
How a Mala Can Help You Realize Your Goals
Meditation and visualization are powerful tools because they can help you focus on and manifest your true desires. However, it’s easy to let your mind wander during meditation. While this is normal, active meditation involves bringing your mind back into focus whenever you notice your attention slipping. Mala beads can help you maintain focus for longer stretches of time and help you bring your mind back into focus after it wanders.
Meditation has long been used to manifest happiness, success, relaxation and all the good things life. However, it isn’t always easy to keep your mind focused. This is where a mala helps. The chanting and focus associated with a mala ritual can help you concentrate on those things you would like to manifest in your life.
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