How to Use a Mala

How to Use a Mala

If you are just beginning to use a mala, hold it out in front of yourself so that we can get an idea about its shape, dimension, and its parts.

The tassel is a symbol of completion, signifying you've gone all the way around your Mala for one full meditation cycle. The guru bead which represents wisdom and knowledge from deep within oneself as well as guidance received.

Aside from using the Mala as a necklace or a bracelet to benefit from the metaphysical properties of the stones or seeds, you may use the Mala as a tool for breath control and meditation.


USING A MALA TO CONTROL YOUR BREATH:
There are many ways to meditate, and one of the most simple ones is just paying attention to your breathing. It can be done anywhere, and your mala can help you do this.

Pranayama is the practice of breath regulation that has been used for centuries. It's an important component in yoga, which helps provide physical and mental wellness by strengthening inhale-exhale breathing patterns while also calming your nerves through various poses you can do on earth or asanas practiced inside a room with no windows facing northward because sun rise there makes people go blind after sunset but don't worry I'm sure they have some candles!

Here are the steps to use a Mala to control your breath:

  1. With one hand, hold your mala.
  2. Let it hang down from your fingertips for easier manipulation. Place your thumb and middle finger around one of the beads next to the guru bead. Do not use the forefinger as it represents the ego, which is the main obstacle of enlightenment.
  3. Inhale and exhale.
  4. Slide your fingertips to the next bead, taking a breath in between each one.
  5. You need to finish with the guru bead. This will be 108 breaths.
  6. To do this process again if you like, just move your fingers the opposite way until you reach the guru bead.

 


USING A MALA TO REPREAT A MANTRA OR AFFIRMATION:

A meditation mantra is a phrase, word, or sound that you may use to assist you focus your attention during meditation. “Om” is a popular one, but there are numerous others like "Om Shanti" or "Om Namah Shivaya."

You may also make your own comforting or soothing mantra or affirmation like “I am calm,” “I am safe,” or "I am loved."

Here are the steps to use the Mala for Mantra Chanting:

  1. With one hand, hold your mala.
  2. Let it hang down from your fingertips for easier manipulation. Place your thumb and middle finger around one of the beads next to the guru bead. Do not use the forefinger as it represents the ego, which is the main obstacle of enlightenment.
  3. Recite your preferred mantra or affirmation. You may say it softly, loudly, or keep it to yourself. It doesn't really matter how you do it as long as you feel comfortable with it.
  4. Slide your fingertips to the next bead, reciting the mantra or affirmation in between each one.
  5. You need to finish with the guru bead. This will be 108 breaths.
  6. To do this process again if you like, just move your fingers the opposite way until you reach the guru bead.

 

MEDITATING WITH MALA BEADS JUST BY HOLDING IT:

Mala beads are a great way to help you focus attention. The sound of the mala and its subtle vibration can be calming, distracting your mind from thoughts in order to provide an escape for just enough time needed before returning back again with some mental regrouping at hand.

The rolling motion on these sacred strings helps remind us that we should always begin where our physical bodies end - whether they're touching fingertips together or holding one string between two fingers. all energies flow towards their source no matter what form they take.

As they roll through your fingers and glide against one another it reminds us that we are not alone in this journey. Our thoughts don't need their full attention just like our bodies do not require our 100% at all times.  Musing over these things brings about a sense of peace which allows for deep reflection while maintaining awareness throughout every moment, making mindfulness meditation much easier.

 

 

 

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