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What Is a Mala and How Can It Improve
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It seems like more and more people are embracing spirituality. From yoga to meditation, spiritual practices are becoming the norm. You’ve probably seen people donning mala beads. Similar to rosary beads, a mala is a string of 108 beads used in meditation and prayers.

The purpose of malas is to count mantras, breaths, or intentions. People also wear them for protection and healing. Keep reading to find out more about the power of mala beads.

The Significance of Malas’ 108 Beads

There are many theories as to why malas have 108 beads. One explanation for this is that the number has great importance in Eastern traditions—specifically in yoga and Hinduism.

To explain, in the yogic tradition, there are 108 sacred texts of Upanishads. Similarly, the tantric yoga belief says that there are 108 energy lines throughout the body that all lead to the heart chakra. For others, the number 108 represents wholeness, encouragement, and support from the spirit guides.

As you can see, the number 108 is significant and powerful — that’s why malas have 108 beads.

Mala Bead Materials

Malas are made of many different materials. They are commonly comprised of materials like wood, seeds, and rose quartz.

The properties of the mala depend on the material it was made from — different materials have positive vibrational energy.

For example, mala beads made with rose quartz will promote self-love and compassion. Beads made with wood have a unique power and connects you with the Earth’s energy. Seeds emit the same grounding and healing energies as gemstones and wood.

What are the Benefits of Wearing a Mala?

As mentioned above, malas are primarily worn in prayer and meditation and facilitate healing. Here are a few other ways mala beads and benefit the mind, body, and spirit.

  • Increases mental clarity during mantra meditation
  • Helps keep track of mantras recited during meditation
  • Releases healing energy during prayer
  • Serves as a reminder of goals and intentions

When choosing a mala, it is key to let your intuition guide you. How do you feel when you hold it in your hands? Also, think about what energy you want to attract into your life. These are questions to consider when picking out a mala for yourself.

How to Meditate with a Mala

Meditation beads can improve your spiritual practices by allowing you to focus on your intention. Here is how you can use a mala during meditation:

  • Begin by setting one mantra to chant aloud or silently
  • Place your mala in your right hand between your fingers
  • Beginning at the guru bead, use your fingers to count each bead, reciting your mantra each time you count a bead
  • Repeat this process until you reach the end of the mala

Don’t Hesitate to Choose a Mala

Malas aren’t another trendy piece of jewelery, they have incredible healing powers. Now that you know about the beautiful spiritual benefits of malas, hopefully, you are one step closer to choosing a mala for you.

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