How to use Mala Beads for Meditation

jade-mala-beads-for-meditation How to use Mala Beads for Meditation - Law of Attraction HealthMany traditions have a form of prayer bead. Christians utilize rosaries, dhikr are used in Islam, and malas are used by Buddhists and Hindus. The word “mala” is Sanskrit and means “garland.” Malas often contain 108 beads, as 108 is often seen as a sacred number. There are many reasons for this, from the Buddhist belief in 108 feelings to the Hindu belief in the 108 Mukhya Shivaganas. Malas are made out of seeds, wood, glass, and gemstone.


In some forms of meditation, it is helpful to repeat mantras. Some people may use mantras in Sanskrit or Pali, such as Om Mani Padme Hum. Others may prefer an English mantra such as, “Breathe in. Breathe out.” Regardless of what your mantra is, a mala helps us stay focused. We don’t need to count the repetitions or wonder how long is left in our meditation. We use the mala as a guide.


When meditating with a mala, we start at one end, often where a tassel, pendant, or guru bead sits. The guru bead is a bead that is larger than rest, in order to mark a full circle around the mala. We start by repeating our mantra, holding a single bead between our thumb and forefinger. As we repeat our mantra, we move to the next bead. The pace is up to you. As the meditation goes on, a rhythm is often found that feels right. Saying, “Breathe in. Breathe out,” we may move from bead to bead. The mala is a great tool when used like this. When we return to the guru bead, tassel, or pendant, our meditation is complete. 


These mantras are only examples. One of my personal mantras is, “Right now, it’s like this.” This mantra is especially useful for me in anxiety and fear. It reminds me that reality is real, and I can face it with some equanimity and peace. Repeating this mantra, I am able to calm down and know that what is happening is happening, and it is my reaction to it that is causing me to suffer.


Most of us do not sit and meditate all day long. Malas are also a wonderful tool for our daily lives. As we go about our day, we may notice our mala around our necks, on our wrists, or hanging on a wall. Noticing the mala, we are brought back to our practice. Everyone has a different meaning that they associate with their mala. People may take a deep breath, smile, or relax their muscles when seeing or feeling their mala. 


Malas are not strange, outdated pieces of jewelry. In the chaos of the world today, malas are as useful as ever in our meditation practices. When we are stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious, a mala can bring us back to tranquility and mindfulness. The mala shown in the picture above is a Jade Mala with a Bronze Buddha Pendant. This mala protects our inner beauty and heart. Visit this website,, for more information and to purchase.


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