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How to use your Mala Beads?

Written by Dragana Ivanovska

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Posted on March 22 2019

If you are living a busy life, but still trying to find balance in your life – meditation is the key. Speaking of which, did you know that one of the most common tools used during meditation is Mala Beads? We bet you have seen a lot of people use them during meditation, but do you know why? Read up below, we bet you will be surprised:

What are Mala Beads?

Mala Beads are one of the oldest tools used for meditation. They are made from a string on which traditionally there are 108 beads. The beads can be made from a different material, and the number of beads can be less than 108 beads, however, most mala beads used in Tibetan Buddhism are made from 108 beads, because it is believed that 108 is a sacred number.

According to some sources, the 1 in represents the universe, 0 represent emptiness, detachment, as well as humility and humbleness which are all very important values when it comes to spirituality, while the 8 represents infinity. According to others, 108 is considered a sacred number because, in Vedic culture, 108 represents the planets, revolving around the sun, and the average distance of the Sun and the Moon to earth is 108 times their diameter.

Malas have been created specifically for meditation. Each bead on the Mala represents a repetition of a mantra.

Malas aid in meditation in the most important aspect – focus. If you have recently started meditating, you might have noticed that your mind often wanders while you are supposed to be focusing on the meditation itself. This is why Malas is a great solution for maintaining your focus on your meditation.

How to use Mala Beads?

  • Breathe in and breathe out.

  • Take your mala into your hand. Hold it with the end (the tassel) towards you. It is best to use your dominant hand.

  • Now, breathe in and breathe out. Focus on your intention and on your mantra. Visualize the purpose of this meditation.

  • Now, say your mantra while touching the first mala bead.

  • Once you finish saying your mantra, push the bead gently so you can touch the next bead. Use your thumb and never your index finger. The index finger represents the ego, and while it is easier to push the beads with it, it will disturb your meditation.

  • With each mantra said, turn your bead, and take a deep breath.

  • Once you finish touching every bead, your intention is set.

***Note: Never use the same mala beads for different mantras. Each mala should be used for one specific intention and mantra.

Where to buy Mala Beads?

If you are trying to get your very own Mala Beads and are wondering where to buy mala beads, don’t worry, because we have them over here at MLMS. And today is your lucky day because we are giving 25% off on all Malas on our site! Click here to go to the sale and get your very own mala bead!

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