Open Heart Warrior by Mary Caroline

What is a Mala?

| What is a Mala |

It isn't just a beautiful piece of jewelry you see adorning the necks and wrists of yogis, enlightened ones and jewelry lovers alike. The mala was first created in India 3000 years ago and have roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Yoga.

A mala is a string of 108 beads with the 109th bead symbolizing gratitude and connection to the divine / guru. A way to say thank you.

The term ‘mala’ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.” Originally, mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite.” 
And the pretty tassels on these powerful prayer beads aren't just for decorative purposes but also have multiple symbolisms.
The tassel-- represents enlightenment and is considered as a spiritual teaching and aid in contemplation. The individual strands blend and flow together in constant change and represent change within changelessness, the illusion of separateness, the undivided Unity of the Eternal or Divine.
It also carries the significance of 'energy that flows from consciousness'. At the end of each japa / meditation practice tassels are also meant to touch to the 3rd eye to signify oneness with divinity. You can also touch the tassel to the right eye, then left eye, then 3rd eye, for seeing this divinity everywhere. Either way, the result will be the same we put ourselves in communion with our preferred divinity.

| How to use your Mala |

Mala beads are magical talismans / prayer beads used for meditation and have been worn by yogis and spiritual seekers from around the world for thousands of years. 

It aids in meditation / prayer. During Japa meditation you repeat a mantra softly, 108 times, using your mala beads to keep track. A mantra is a word or sound repeated during mediation to help you concentrate. And on your 109th bead, you give your thanks, connect,and receive from the divine/guru. 

The mala is traditionally held in the right hand. It's also okay to hold your mala in your left hand because it is your receiving hand. Rest the mala bead on your middle finger and use your thumb to rotate the mala one bead at a time toward oneself with each mantra repetition along with an inhale and exhale. The index finger is never used to touch the mala as it represents ego. Ego is seen as the greatest impediment to self-realization in ancient Hinduism. If this does happens from time to time during meditation, don't fret all is still well.

 | How to chose your Mala |

Easy. Go with your intuition, with what you are attracted to. Then listen to your heart. You can also chose beads/stones with the healing properties of the intentions you want to meditate on or simply work on in your life. For example-- rosequartz for love, lapis for manifestation, amethyst for transformation, etc. When received, sit and meditate with it and with intention chose your mantra, your affirmation. And let the magical journey unfold.