Mala’s have become very popular lately. They look gorgeous but they also can serve a function.
What are the made from?
Many different materials are used in the making of mala’s. I’ve seen beads made from animal bone, different stones and rocks.
What are they used for?
They can be worn with the intention of the stones/gems they are made from protecting/helping you. Traditionally malas have been used in helping meditation. Using the beads on the necklace to help repeat an intention or a point of focus in meditation.
I had surgery on Monday and since I have been spending time meditating on healing. With each bead I repeat to myself over and over "I am healing and healthy".
Why 108 beads?
I've heard many reasons behind the 108 beads. The number 108 comes up in many ways, including even the fact that the suns diameter is exactly 108 times the size of the earth's.
What about the bracelets?
I also love bracelets. I think they look pretty stacked on wrists with different colours, but I use them for quick little reminders. While I'm waiting in the car to pick up my daughters from school or while I'm teaching and people are laying in Savanasa. A moments to align with my intentions for myself and my day. Sometimes I use no mantra and just use it to count a few deep breaths.
The mystery of the mala solved.
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife