Mala’s …. what are they?
Mala’s can be worn as a necklace or wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet. They can be used during meditation. Those that use a mala will create a mantra and others may set an intention. A mantra may be a phrase that you repeat with every bead to focus your thoughts and quiet your mind. As you use it during your meditation practice the mantra will help to focus your mind, bring focus to your intention and this may help you to connect to your intention. When wearing your mala it will remind you of what your intention is and what you are hoping to welcome into your life. A mala may be a string of 108 beads with a Guru bead.
108 beads … why are there this number of beads in a mala?
There are many explanations and here are a few for a more details list visit here but remember to come back …
- 9 & 12: The numbers 9 & 12 are considered by many to be very sacred numbers, and 9 x 12 = 108.
- Earthly Desires: There are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals.
- The Heart Chakra: The chakras are intersections of energy lines and there are said to be 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra.
- Time & Feelings: Some say that there are 108 feelings, with 36 being related to the past, 36 to the present, and 36 to the future.
- The Numbers Themselves: The numbers 1, 0, and 8 also have their own specific meanings. 1 for God or Higher Truth, 0 for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 for infinity or eternity.
How do I choose a mala???
I remember the first one I made for an online retreat I was doing for pregnancy and I ordered 10mm beads and thought I had this then I received one when I was on a live retreat and started to explore the beautiful stones, seeds, wood beads that could be used. There is no right or wrong mala just the one that feels right for you … go with your gut instinct … choose what you like based on your intention and remember that certain beads represent certain things. I purchased some gorgeous Rudraksha seeds when I was in Bali and these are used to help calm the mind, body and spirit.
Research the different meanings of the stones here may be helpful … so many different meanings but I am sure you will find the mala that is perfect for YOU for YOUR intention and what YOU would like receive in YOUR life.
You may choose them for their healing quality, or because they are your zodiac birthstone – ancient, traditional or modern, or just because they feel right … you may want to reflect those that are important to you in your mala choosing a stone to represent them.
Here are some of the males I have had the honour to create …
“Full of Gratitude” – amethyst, sodalite, Child’s memory wire mala – pink agate, blue
moonstone, howlite, rudrashka, Lapis agate, howlite.
blue agate, pink agate, purple agate &
Made for a Mother Blessing on memory wire Daughter Blessing – lapis with malachite,
amethyst, howlite, lapis, opalite, unikite, pink agate, blue agate, calcium, rosewood,
cherry quartz, sodalite, lapis malachite, hoplite, opalite, jasper, sodalite,
Made for a divine goddess –
lapis, howlite, garnet, amethyst, moonstone,
fluorite, sodalite, lavender jade
How can I bless my mala?
As I create your mala I will always choose a quite time to string the beads and hold the space having sage smudged to remove any negative energy and infuse it with positivity … I will charge it in the Spoace for a few days to absorb the energy of the moon and sunshine. There is lots of information to help you bless your mala … a simple one is to hold your mala in your hands and hold it up over sage offering your positive thoughts and requesting good intentions.
If your mala breaks …
Well it’s not the end of the world … the breaking of a mala is seen as a positive as it is believed that you have progressed … take some time to reflect on what your intentions were and may be its time to find a new one … if it does happen then please get in touch and I am happy to restring for you. Remember to bless them again and set a new intention …
The malas I create start at £40 and can be created using semi-precious beads (usually 6mm), with a thread of your colour choice, a guru bead, a tassel (or an alternative), marker beads at bead 7 & 21 on both sides of the mala (these may be a larger size e.g. 8mm or a shaped bead).
I am also happy to create them on memory wire to be worn as a bracelet.
Let’s have a chat and see what you are looking for …