I have always loved creating jewelry and in the last couple of years, I have discovered the many benefits of meditation. I LOVE using a Mala for my practice as my mind tends to wander and my Mala helps bring me back to my breath or my mantra. It also helps me to be mindful throughout the day as I am wearing it.
A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit or head bead called a ‘sumeru' or 'guru' bead. Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions.
Because meditation can be tricky! It can be challenging to sit still and quiet your mind for a period of time. The mala provides a much-needed anchor in these situations. It also allows the user to keep easy count during mantra repetitions.
The mala is traditionally held in the right hand and used in two ways; in one method, the mala is hanging between the thumb and the ring finger. The second finger is used to rotate the mala by one bead toward oneself with each repetition of breath or mantra. In the other method, the mala is hanging on the middle finger, with the thumb used to rotate the mala just as explained; one bead at a time. Either way, the index finger is never used to touch the mala. (The index finger represents ego, seen as the greatest impediment to self-realization in ancient Hinduism). The practice begins at the summit or guru bead and continues around the loop until the head bead is reached again.
It’s up to you! Malas create lovely necklaces, and can also be looped multiple times around your wrist. It’s a common belief that when malas are used regularly for meditation and repeating mantras, they absorb the vibrations of the practice. So the more you wear it, the more positive energy it absorbs and reflects back.
Authentic mala's are made with 108 beads exactly. Although, some today may have double that amount or half or a variation of the number, such as 18 or 27, which works since they’re still in sync with the significance of 108. Whether to count prayers, mantras, breaths, or the names of deities, 108 is the most traditional number of beads used in mala necklace due to its mysterious occurrence in nature and in buddhist script.
For info on the significance of 108, check out this site: https://www.malaprayer.com/blogs/news/7-cryptic-messages-found-within-108-mala-beads
Mala's are everywhere! There are so many talented artisans creating and sharing their Mala's. Below, you will see some of the Mala's I have personally created. I enjoyed creating each and every one and hope that they will find their new home with the love and peace that I created them with. You can view my Mala's that are currently available for purchase in my SHOP!!
Or, if you live in or near the greater Saskatoon area, I offer Mala workshops (at my home or yours) where you can design + make your own. Check out my Workshops page for more info!!