Mala beads are one of my most treasured items. Over the years, I have had a few Malas in my life. Today I'm sharing with you all about my beautiful new mala, and other goodies I've added to my Spiritual medicine bag! Tons of juicy goodness in this post today, so sit back and enjoy!
This is my brand new mala. I have two others, one that broke, and one that I am allergic to. (Say what?!) Let's talk about that before we dig in. My allergy mala has gigantic sandalwood beads, that leave me with an itch rash on my neck that lasts for days. I cannot wear it. I found this to be so strange as I don't have any issues with Sandalwood Essential oil on my skin. I tried everything to get that mala to vibe with me, but ultimately I had to let go of it as a jewelry piece. When I purchased this new mala, I had the same fear that I would have a reaction... but since I was ordering from a new place, I figured I would chance it! When I got the package in the mail, i could instantly feel the positive energy infused into my new jewelry and I was seriously so in love, from he moment I opened it! I could tell how much love and care they put into packaging their products.
I did have some itching in the beginning, but I'm proud to say that I am not rushing or breaking out anymore and this mala LOVES me back! I even reached out to the company to see if they had any suggestions to remedy this allergy and they WORKED! Who is this magical mala company that rocked my world?
I will tell you, they have found a lifelong customer in me! From their mission, to their quality, and their customer service... I am absolutely a fan! Their mission blew me away: "Every mother deserves to feel radiant, adore her life and create her own path. Your Mama Malas take your desires and intentions and turn them into something tangible, touchable and real. Designed with healing stones, they cultivate a life of presence, intention and love. A life led by your heart and not your head. For every Mama Mala sold, a Clean Delivery kit will be delivered to a mother in need," You can learn more about this on the Mama Malas website.
Mama Malas drops som serious info on what Mala Beads are, how to use them, and more. Check it out!
What are mala beads?
Traditionally made with 108 beads plus a large guru stone that represents the intentions and purpose of your mala. Mala beads are meditation necklaces used to recite an affirmation or mantra that can also be worn as jewellery that offers a tangible (and beautiful) reminder of your intentions.
Why are there 108 beads on a mala?
Each mala is made up of 108 +1 beads since it is said that our bodies contain 108 major physical and subtle energy channels that reach the heart chakra. By chanting or listening to a mantra 108 times the energy from the mantra permeates both the physical and energetic body. The 109th bead, also called the ‘guru’ bead, signifies the beginning and end of your meditation practice.
Although they are referred to as 108 mala beads, each Mama Mala actually contains 108 Sandalwood or Rudraksha beads plus a gemstone guru stone and gemstone markers that divide the mala into two sections of 27 and one of 54 to allow for a shorter, but still balanced, meditation.
Why are your malas made with sandalwood and rudraksha?
Sandalwood has been used to make mala and prayer beads for hundreds of years due to it’s calming and soothing properties. We love it because of its distinctive scent that instantly calms your mind and brings you into a meditative state. Rudraksha beads are the dried and drilled seeds of the Rudraksha Tree. We love that a tree is contained within each tiny seed, representing unlimited growth, possibilities and an open heart.
How do I choose the right set of mala beads for me?
The best advice we can give for choosing the perfect Mama Mala for you is to go with your initial gut instinct. Oftentimes your heart knows what you need before your brain catches up, so even if the intention doesn’t make logical sense, if you are drawn to a particular mala it’s for a reason.
Should I meditate with my Mama Malas?
Absolutely! While mala beads are beautiful accessories on their own we highly recommend giving mala meditation a try because we believe that meditation is the best way to stay present, intentional and calm during the ups and downs of motherhood. We have also found that mala beads offer the perfect distraction from the “monkey mind” that can make starting a meditation practice intimidating or challenging.
How do I meditate with mala beads?
To meditate with your Mama Malas, begin by setting an intention for what you want to cultivate in your life. Starting with the first sandalwood or rudraksha bead to the right of your guru bead, repeat your chosen mantra once for each sandalwood or rudraksha bead on your mala until you come back around to your guru bead. End the meditation at the guru bead by giving thanks to the teachers that have helped you along your path, and setting or reaffirming your intentions. You can also hold your mala during a silent meditation and let it absorb the peace of the practice.
I've heard about mala breakthroughs, what are they?
A mala breaking is considered a sign of karmic progression and is something to be fully celebrated. Gemstones have a way of releasing you when they are no longer useful, and a broken mala can symbolise lessons learned and new beginnings. It has done its work. After having a mala breakthrough it is recommended to sit and meditate on the original description and intentions of the mala and process any breakthroughs or progression. Learn more about mala breakthroughs here.
How do I cleanse my mala beads?
Because gemstones absorb and emit energy, it is important to cleanse them if they feel heavy or "off". How often you cleanse your mala will depend on how often you wear them, and the situations you encounter.
If you encounter a lot of negative energy, many people touch or wear your mala, or you deal with a lot of stress, it is a good idea to cleanse your mala. Think of cleansing your mala as hitting the reset button on the healing properties of your stones. You can cleanse your mala with moonlight, or by burning white sage, palo santo or sweet grass.
To cleanse your mala by moonlight leave place them outside or in a windowsill to absorb the cleansing energy of the moon (full moons work best for recharging crystals).
To cleanse with sage or palo santo place your sage or palo santo onto a fireproof plate and light it. Blow gently on the flame to allow it to smoulder. Take your hand and waft the smoke around your mala beads with the intention of clearing any negative energy.
No matter which way you choose to cleanse your malas be sure to take the time to sit with them and set your intentions after cleansing.
Pretty sweet right? Mama Malas also carry bracelets, and I am in LOVE with mine! The bottom bracelet you see pictured was a free gift with my purchase, made of Howlite and Rose Quartz beads... called the "I am CALM" gemstone intention bracelet. The one on top, (closest to the blackberries) is the Manifesting Mama bracelet. This is made with the same beads in my Male necklace, minus the Sandalwood. it is Made of Quartz, Labradorite, and Mother of Pearl.
"Clear Quartz is the ultimate manifesting stone, storing the energy of your intentions and amplifying them out into the universe. Labradorite and Mother of Pearl assist you in moving forward without fear of insecurity, and heighten your intuition so you are able to see the signs along the way that will move you closer to your dreams."
You can probably see why I am so obsessed with and pleased with my purchase from Mama Malas. I grabbed the pieces I was most drawn to and the have brought so much more positivity into my life! Coupling my meditations with these Malas and my essential oils is my favorite thing ever!