I was first attracted to mala beads because I thought they were beautiful and super adorable! After using and wearing mala beads for a while, I found out that they can enable me to adapt to the pressures and stress I had in my everyday life. Seeing how powerful mala beads are, I don't understand how these beads aren't better known. They have the ability to help with prayer, meditation, mindfulness, as well as stress and anxiety relief. From my research and explorations into mala beads I've put together a little guide for where mala beads originated from, how they were initially used and how you can use them into your everyday life today.
What are mala beads?
A Japa mala (also known as mala beads, prayer beads, Buddha beads, Buddhist rosary, mantra beads or yoga beads) alludes to chanting beads utilized in the meditation practices of both Buddhism and Hinduism. Recitations of prayers, mantras and affirmations are tallied bead by bead on a Mala. Buddhist and Hindu malas usually have 108 counting beads, but a mala bracelet will only have 18 or 27 counting beads.
The use of mala beads began over a thousand years prior and was first utilized by Buddhist priests amid their prayer and meditation time. Each series of beads comprises of 108 beads that are separated in 4 areas of 27 beads. You can see that each area of 27 beads is isolated by a bead of an alternate color or type of material. Best of all, you can likewise purchase littler mala beads with just 27 beads on them! These are an awesome thought on the off chance that you are next beginning with meditation or in the event that you need to enable your more youthful kids to start some simple meditation methods. For priests, each bead was utilized to invoke a prayer or to chant a sacred Sanskrit mantra. Today malas can be utilized in the same way using common meditation mantras.
Some of the most common intentions for mala beads are as follows:
Mala beads can be made of any material, however, they are customarily made from Rudraksha, lotus seeds, yak bone, Bodhi seeds, or wood. Semi-precious gemstones are also used in malas, which come with their own healing properties.
Where you can find mala beads?
You can find a wide assortment of mala beads in many different places. Locally, a new age shop or yoga studio might carry them. For online shopping, Amazon is my go-to source for malas. Unfortunately these malas are often cheaply made and break easily.
You can also find an enormous assortment of mala bead creators on Etsy. These are very small shops that have a limited number of designs so it may be frustrating to find what you want.
On the off chance that you yourself are helpful with making, at that point gathering some of these beads and modifying them to your loving is effortlessly done too. Me, I lean toward mine to remain in one piece and maintain a strategic distance from the cussing that joins making when I attempt.
Here is a video on how to make your own mala beads: