+ What is a mala?
The term “mala” is Sanskrit for “meditation garland.” Mala beads are used for a style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite.” During meditation or when mindfulness is needed, use the beads of a mala to recite your personal mantra (like “I am enough, I am enough, I am enough.”) 108 times. PrinEle malas have 108 natural gemstone beads, plus one guru bead and a tassel or charm, each of which hold special meaning and significance.
+ What is a mantra?
A mantra is a sound, word or group of words repeated during meditation to help create focus, calm the mind, and support self-transformation.
+ Why 108 beads?
There are many different explanations for why 108 is a sacred number. Some say the number 108 represents one thing, nothing, and everything all at the same time. 1=one, 0= none, 8= infinity, everything
+ What is the significance of the guru bead?
The guru bead, or 109th stone, validates the end of one round in the prayer cycle. It serves as a reminder of the bond between teacher and student. Use the guru bead as a way to show gratitude to all the teachers who have helped you on your path.
+ What is the significance of the tassel?
In traditional Buddhist culture, tassels are symbolic of lotus blossoms, which represent and promote enlightenment.
+ How to use a mala
Some choose to cleanse, energize, and program their mala before meditating with it for the first time. Frankly, I've started a personal tradition that you might like to join. It all starts with a great big bonfire. Zero clothing, just beads. Then, dancing. It must be both energetic and completely calm. Finally, your husband and daughter catch you in the backyard and drag you inside to contemplate your life's decisions. Ok, maybe don't join, but you can follow these more practical tips:
Cleanse + energize There are many ways to cleanse and energize your mala; choose the method that feels right for you. You can cleanse by holding your mala over white sage smoke or place in the soil of a healthy plant or tree. To energize, place your mala in direct sunlight or moonlight for a couple of hours. Malas are powerful spiritual tools and will absorb and carry energy. To keep your mala balanced, it will need to be re-cleansed and re-energized from time to time.
Program To program your mala you must set the intention and choose a mantra for your mala. Ask yourself, “what are my goals?”, “what needs work in my life?” Take a moment and really think it through. Once you’ve honed in on your deepest intention, choose a sound, word, or group of words that clarify your intention into a mantra and can be softly recited during your mala meditation.
Meditate Find a comfortable space, kick off your shoes and sit in a cross-legged position. Close your eyes and observe the speed and depth of your natural breath. Bring your focus and attention to your mantra. Hold your mala in one hand and use your thumb to “count” your mantra recitations. As you complete one recitation, lightly pull the bead toward you and move to the next bead. Keep your index finger extended out, as it is associated with the ego and shouldn’t touch your beads. If you wish to do another round of mantras or affirmations, don’t count the guru bead. Instead, when you arrive at the guru bead, turn the mala around and count in the opposite direction.
If meditation isn’t your thing, that’s okay! PrinEle malas are made with gorgeous, happy gemstones that radiate good vibes and energy. Wear yours as a favorite accessory and strut the streets like a boss!