How to use mala beads for meditation 💫
Close your eyes, get your focus, and relax. These three words may be easy to say, but in reality, it can be difficult to accomplish. With the busy lives we lead and the pressures we face, it is easy to find ourselves feeling overwhelmed.
Therefore, we need to find ways to focus and relax. In this article, we will discuss the use of meditation or Mala beads, what they are and why they are so beneficial to your mental health. We will also look at some of the different types of meditation beads.
My curiosity for Meditation/Mala beads grew when I bought my first Mala necklace from the Shungite Store. Now admittedly, I bought it partly for the health benefits of Shungite and equally as important for the Swag Factor.
But then I asked myself what exactly these beads are and why they are so common in certain spiritual cultures and practices.
What is a meditation/Mala bead?
A meditation mala is a string of beads that are used to count mantras, or repetitions of a phrase or prayer, during meditation. Malas are usually made with 108 beads, which represent the 108 sacred energy centers in the body. Malas can be made with different materials, such as wood, seeds, or crystals. They are often worn as a necklace or bracelets.
Mantras are powerful words or phrases that create specific energies. When you repeat a mantra during meditation, you align yourself with that energy. For example, if you want to experience more love in your life, you would meditate with a mantra like “Om Namah Shivaya,” which means “I honor the divine within myself.” Repeating this mantra 108 times would help to open up your heart chakra and allow more love into your life.
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Mala beads have been used for centuries as a tool for meditation. The word “mala” is Sanskrit for “garland,” and they are also sometimes called “meditation beads.” Mala beads can be made from a variety of materials, but the most common are wood, bone, and seeds.
The use of mala beads is thought to have originated in India or China, and they were traditionally used by Buddhist and Hindu monks and nuns. The monks would recite prayers or mantras while holding the beads in their hands, and the nuns would use them to keep track of their devotions.
Today, mala beads are worn by people of all faiths as a way to connect with their spirituality. Many people find that the repetitive nature of holding and counting the beads helps to calm and focus the mind during meditation.
Some people wear them as a way to stay grounded within the present moment, or as a means to stay consciously connected to a higher power or higher state of mind.
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Types of Mala beads for meditation
There are many types of meditation beads that you can buy. But the most popular type of meditation bead is the one with a ball on the end. This type of meditation bead is called a mala.
A mala has a string that has 108 beads. It is considered a spiritual tool for meditation.
One type of mala bead is the Rudraksha bead. Rudraksha beads are said to have mystical powers and can help to improve concentration and focus during meditation.
Another type of mala bead is the Tulsi bead. Tulsi beads are said to be sacred and are often used in puja ceremonies. They are believed to have calming and soothing properties that can help to ease anxiety and stress.
Mala beads made from sandalwood are also popular for meditation. Sandalwood has a sweet, woody scent that is said to be calming and helpful in promoting relaxation. Mala beads made from sandalwood are also believed to have healing properties.
Benefits of meditation beads
There are many benefits of meditation mala beads. Mala beads can help to focus and calm the mind during meditation. They can also help to count mantras or breaths and keep the mind from wandering.
As stated these beads come in a variety of materials, each type of bead has its own unique benefits. For example, wood beads can help to ground and connect the user to nature, while crystal beads can amplify energy and intention.
Using mala beads during meditation can help to improve mental and physical well-being. Studies have shown that meditation can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also improve focus and concentration, boost immunity, and promote heart health.
The Mala bead is used as a tool, so the practitioner can keep the mind firmly focused on each individual bead and enter deep, more tranquil states of meditation.
How to use meditation beads
There are many different ways to use mala beads, but the basic idea is that they help to focus and calm the mind.
They are typically strung on a cord or thread, with 108 beads plus one Guru bead.
The Guru bead is traditionally used to mark the beginning and end of the mala and also serves as a reminder of the teacher or guru who first gave us the gift of meditation.
Using mala beads for meditation is a simple and effective way to focus the mind and connect with our deeper selves.
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The repetitive nature of mantra chanting and bead counting can help to still the restless mind and bring us into a state of inner peace and awareness, which is why mala beads are an important part of meditation and prayer.
There are many different ways to use mala beads for meditation, but one simple way is to hold the beads in your hands and focus on your breath. As you inhale, mentally repeat a positive affirmation or mantra.
As you exhale, let go of any negative thoughts or feelings. Continue this process for as long as you like or until you feel calm and focused.
Another way to use mala beads is to choose a specific bead to focus on during each repetition of your mantra or affirmation. For example, you might start by saying your mantra on the first bead, then move to the second bead and say it again, and so on.
I personally find that the feeling of rolling the beads between my thumb and middle finger can help focus my mind on the present moment.
You can use the beads as a reminder of your intention, be that through meditation or prayer. If it is your intention to connect with the divine, a loved one or higher self. Use this powerful technique as an anchor.
Be clear on what it is you are doing and what you wish to achieve.
Are you taping into universal life force energies, are you doing crystal work, or are you simply meditating on gratitude?
The beads energiesed by your consciousness carry powerful energy with them, but it must be placed on them with intention. To help do this, you may want to cleanse them as you would your crystals and set your intention in the same way.
You will feel the benefit of this when you simply wear them. So if you are looking to cultivate your heart and mind nature. The use of Mala Beads could be a great tool.
A simple mala bead meditation practice to follow
- Choose your mala beads: Use your intuition to find the beads that are right for you.
- Find a comfortable place to sit. Sit comfortably where you will not be disturbed for at least five minutes.
- Honour Your Guru: This is about making a connection with your higher self.
- Take a few deep breaths: Locate the guru bead use your breaths to connect with it, and begin the process.
- Begin your meditation: 🧘♀️ Identify your mantra.
- Focus: Using your thumb to turn the beads move to the one, next to the guru bead and onto the next with a steady tranquil focus.
- If your mind wanders as it will gently draw your focus back using your mala and your mantra.
- Continue until you get back to the guru bead.
This is an incredibly simple but profound spiritual practice that anyone can enjoy, irrespective of religion. Wearing mala necklaces is stylish and also great when one wishes to quiet the mind or draw the attention back to the present moment.
There is much to learn from those who have walked the path before us. The saints and sages of old used powerful techniques to tap into the storehouse of wisdom that is always present and always accessible when we learn to look within.
Living in a reality of digital distractions, it is amazing to think we can harness the spiritual wisdom of the gurus of old, which lies between each of the 108 beads of the Mala.
Be it for fashion or spirituality, tap into your inner Zen and discover what meditation with one of these amazing tools could hold for you.
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