Mala Beads for Meditation
Why Use Mala Beads for Meditation?
We may think that we are good multitaskers, but the mind can actually only focus on one thing at a time — it is just very quick! One of the most common difficulties in meditation is quieting the mind from bouncing from one thought to the next and not allowing the mind to follow every thought that arises. There are many different tools to aid in focusing the mind during meditation, and one is the use of Japa mala beads. Mala is a Sanskrit word meaning garland, Japa means recitation or repetition, and traditionally, they are a string of 108 beads to use in focusing the mind during meditation.
How to Use Mala Beads
To use the mala beads, find a comfortable, easy cross-legged position on a cushion or folded blanket to raise your hips up and lengthen the spine, and then close your eyes. Hold one of the beads beside the marker bead (larger bead, above the tassel), with your thumb and middle finger. With each bead, observe an inhale and exhale, as well as, reciting a mantra (such as Sat Nam or I AM) with each breath. Continue this for each bead, moving away from the marker bead, not counting the marker bead.
This meditation tool allows your mind to focus on breath, mantra, and the beads instead of bouncing from thoughts and distractions. Each mala is also made of healing materials such as gemstones or sandalwood that have beneficial and balancing properties. Wear your beads after meditation, on your wrist or as a necklace, to keep the energy of the beads and your practice with you throughout the day.
The Wellness Shop at The Bindu now has beautiful handmade malas from Nepal! And stay tuned! We’ll continue posting more information on other ways to bring your practice home.
And if you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me.