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Om Padme Mala Bead Collection – Handmade with love, worn with intention from Nepal. Our malas are the perfect way to bring intention and gratitude to your life. You will be so pleased to have this handmade symbol of gratitude in your life.
What are Mala Beads - Malas are often used as decorations, jewelry, or during seated meditation and prayer. You may see malas adorning the wrists, necks, and altars of meditation devotees and at the top of mats of yoga aficionados. These beautiful handmade necklaces often hold special significance for the bearer based on where they got it, why they chose the stones, and the energy vibrations they feel with the beads.
Traditionally a Mala—which means “garland”—has 108 beads strung together and one “guru bead,” which is larger than the rest. The guru bead is used as a place marker for the fingers to feel for the end or the beginning of the necklace for meditation or mantra chanting. Sometimes there are special or different shaped beads placed after every 27th bead to make it easier to keep track of the mantra. You’ll often also find bracelets and decorative necklaces with 54 or 27 beads, half and a quarter of the 108 respectively. Nowadays, malas are made out of a variety of materials including wood, seeds, stones, pearls, and crystals.
Benefits of Using Mala Beads: Meditation combined with mala bead prayer necklaces allows you to achieve optimal mental wellness. Mala bead necklaces are designed to help you personally with whatever it is you may be dealing with. You can channel self-empowerment or gain inner peace, increase your emotional stability and focus, or improve concentration.
How to Use Mala Beads: A common way to use the mala is to track a “japa,” or mantra meditation. The repetitive recitation of a single sound, such as “om,” a few words, such as “om mani padme hum,” or a longer mantra, such as theGayatri Mantra, can be calming and transformative. Whether you’re chanting out loud, whispering, or repeating a phrase silently, tracing the beads of the mala with your fingers can help you keep track of the japa. “Japa” translates to “muttering” in Sanskrit.
Similar to praying with rosary beads, meditating with a japa mala has been shown tohelp slow respirationand encourage well-being. Repeating the mantra of your choosing redirects the mind from daily obsessions and introduces positive thought patterns. Similar devices have been used for generations in a variety of spiritual traditions including:
Meditation positively affects the brain and mood andpractitioners reportfeeling relaxed, having better focused attention, and enhanced self-awareness. Consider the poseMalasana, commonly cued as “Yogi Squat.” The yogi squats and brings the hands to the heart, representing a single bead on the mala necklace, the yogi is small, individual, and unique. Just like each of the beads that are intimately connected to all the others through the string of the mala, the yogi is intimately connected to all other beings. This is the reminder of this pose: though individually we are special, together we are stronger.
Practice the Japa Mantra Meditation: Try practicing a japa mantra meditation, setting an intention and allowing the beads to be a grounding element as you follow them while reciting your words in the following manner:
Find a comfortable seat.
Choose a mantra that speaks to you. Some examples to get you started:om, so hum, om shanti shanti shanti, om namoh guru dev namoh, I am enough, I love being me, I am in the right place at the right time.
Hold the mala in one hand and let it dangle easily.
Touch the guru bead with your opposite hand.
As you move your fingers to the next bead, repeat your mantra out loud, as a whisper, or silently in your mind.
Continue until you feel the guru bead again.
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