Anatomy of I Am Blessed Mala Beads

Our Mala Beads are worn by anyone seeking a calm mind, body, and spirit.

We use our malas for japa meditations. Japa is a form of meditation that uses mantra to quiet and focus the mind. A mantra can be a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated silently or chanted out loud to each bead of your mala.

Here's a Written or Podcast break down of all the different parts of our malas:


Thread:

"Sutra" is the Sanskrit word for thread or line that holds everything together. It supports and joins every being (bead) in the universe.


Hand-Knotting:

Our mala necklaces are hand knotted between each gemstone. This makes your mala stronger.

The knots prevent the beads from rubbing together, cracking over time, or getting caught in your hair. Thats right, if you purchase a mala that is not hand-knotted it pulls out your hair every time you put your mala on or take it off.

They represent different challenges in life. These knots are placed in between the beautiful aspects of life. (which are the gemstones). You can't have one without the other.

The knots also represent the link between all beings in the universe, reminding us that we are connected.

And quite simply, if your mala breaks you will not loose your gemstones.


Two Guru Beads

These bead are believed to represent the student guru (teacher) relationship. They are connected to the tassel and are not to be counted during your japa mediation.

These two beads can also represent awareness, the central goal of your meditation practice. In order to reach this state of understanding, you must go through the many blessings and challenges of life.

It is believed to be disrespectful to cross over the guru bead. If you wish to continue your japa meditation, turn your mala around and count the opposite way.


Tassel:

Throughout history, the tassel has been a symbol of protection, community and spiritual connection. Humans are very much built on this foundation. When you wear one of our Malas let the tassel be a representation of all these things. Of a bond built on strength and faith connecting you to others and the divine. We can be reminded of this every time we meditate using our Malas, comforted that the tassel is connecting us, bridging gaps in the world, in our hearts, and in our collective healing.

Tassel's can also symbolize pure consciousness.

In Buddhism, the tassel represents the roots of the lotus plant to remind the wearer of the analogy of the lotus flower. Read more here:

https://www.iamblessedmalabeads.com/blog/2019/5/31/the-story-of-the-lotus-flower

Gemstones:

We include genuine gemstones in all of our mala beads. They bring different healing properties, energies and intentions into every piece.

The gems are ethical, vegan and quality controlled. Gemstones carry energy and we honour that by blessing each piece with intention and cleansing with reiki after completion.

Individually, the gems represent the beautiful aspects of life. These beads are on a never-ending circle, creating a circuit of positive energy.

There are 108 beads in every Mala?

There are many reasons why there are 108 beads in a Mala but the following is our favorite reason. We have 108 Nadis or energetic pathways that go from your bodies main energy center to your heart. Our heart is then honored and charged after 108 Mantras are recited. Guiding us on our path to enlightenment. Beautiful right?

A couple other reasons we like:

  • The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times.

  • Some say there are 108 feelings, 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and the 36 related to the future.

  • 1 - Creation 0 - Space 8 - Infinite Discovery



So as you can see, a mala is much more than a collection of beads.


Hayley Loewen