Inspired Prayer Beads
Have you ever been curious about the beautiful and intricately designed beaded jewelry worn around the wrists and necks of some of the people you encounter daily? Many of these pieces are Buddhist mala prayer beads, created with an even greater purpose than just for fashion. If we’ve piqued your interest and left you eager to know more, read on. Here are the answers to everything you may want to learn about mala prayer beads.
What Are Mala Beads?
A “mala” is a string of 108 beads, including a “guru bead”, which is noticeably different from the others. This bead has a specific purpose that we’ll explain momentarily. The use of the mala beads is part of a Buddhist tradition centuries old, but anyone can use them. Today, different cultures all over the world buy these beads for multiple purposes. They’re made from a variety of precious and semi-precious stones that each carry their own potent energy and healing power. The stones you choose and the purpose for which you use them is solely up to you.
How Do You Use Mala Beads?
There’s more than one way to use mala beads, so experiment a bit and find what works best for you. Traditionally, the beads are used during meditation. In the process of quieting your mind, complete concentration may not come easily at first. Mala prayer beads help you keep your focus while chanting mantras. A “mantra” is somewhat similar to words of affirmation. You can say an encouraging phrase or series of phrases to connect you to either your higher self, or higher power. Hold the beads in your left hand and feel their energy as you meditate. Beginning after the previously mentioned guru bead, move your fingers along the string after each chant until you’ve completed the circle. Once you’re finished, you should feel connected. Enlightened. Free.