What Are Mala Beads?
Mala Beads are traditionally used as meditation tools. A meditation is done by running your fingers along each bead while reciting a mantra of your choice, or one that is specific to each Mala. A Mantra is an affirmation or intention that is said at each bead, powering your Mala and Heart with your positive energy.
Mala Beads can be made with any type of bead. Traditionally they are made with different types of wood or seeds called Rudraksha.
As a company we decided not to used the traditional woods in our Malas as some of the trees that are being used for Malas are endangered.
Why are there 108 Beads?
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.
Why Meditate With A Mala?
You know how we have sticky notes, calendars, reminder messages in our phones/emails, doodles on our hands, etc. to remind us what we are supposed to do today. Your Mala is meant to be used as one of these tools.
Seeing your Mala Beads is a visual reminder of how important your wellness is. Sometimes we need this tool to help us remember what is important. If we dont have these visual aides we loose track. We get side tracked by a conversation, a TV show, a text message etc. Our Malas are tools that help bring us back to our intentions, our goals, our dreams. By using your Mala Beads in meditation you are charging it with your energy. It is a piece of you that is there to guide you on your true path.
What Is Mala Etiquette?
Let me just start off by saying, to each their own. Your Mala is precisely that. It is your sacred tool that you can do anything you want with. You may hear or read a lot about Mala etiquette. Do what resonates with you.
One thing I suggest is hanging your Malas when you are not using them. This keeps them from getting damaged. This way you are respecting the energy that you put into your Mala Beads.
I also suggest never placing your Mala on the ground. Again its a respect thing. I suggest placing them on a sacred book or anything you consider to be sacred.
Keep them from getting wet as it deteriorates the string.
And charge/cleanse your Mala under the full moon. Again to each their own.