How Do You Use Mala Beads?
Sit comfortably and quietly where you won’t be disturbed.
Set your intent and motivation. What are you wanting to achieve through your mindfulness practice and meditation? This will help with determining your mantra.
Hold the first bead next to the ‘guru” bead between your finger and thumb. Note: the guru bead is larger, typically 3 holed, and decorative. This bead is not counted.
Recite the first mantra. Choose any mantra you feel attracted to. Select a saying or mantra that has meaning to you that you want to work towards. i.e. confidence, compassion, balance, friendship, relationships, etc.
Pull the next bead towards you by moving your finger and thumb along to the next bead, chant the next mantra, and repeat. Mantras can change daily, weekly, or monthly. This is your uniqueness.
A mantra can be chanted aloud at first then gradually, as you become familiar with it, continue in silence.
You can stop and return to your mala to continue your meditation practice.
- To bring more energy and your mala, recite your mantra 7 times and blow the vibration of the mantra on the mala. This increases the energy and power of the mala.
Wearing Your Mala
Wear your mala throughout the day as a reminder to be mindful or as a reminder for a personal mantra connected to the type of bead or stone that the mala is made from. Reference the stones below for more discovery and exploration of the meanings of the beads. Every stone and color has a personal and specific meaning for its wearer.
Take Care of Your Mala
Store your mala in your silk mala pouch when not in use.
Treat your mala beads with care, gentleness, and respect.
Do not wash or wear during bathing or sleeping.
Stay clear from perfume or chemicals contacting your precious gemstones.
To clean your mala, gently wipe the beads using a damp cloth and place them in sunlight or moonlight to dry.
If you are wearing your mala, take care to be gentle when taking it on or off. If the mala has come to its end, clip the beads into plant soil.