How to Use a Mala Necklace for Meditation

Mala necklaces are a meditation tool. They have been used in Buddhism and Hinduism as prayer beads for centuries. However, anyone can wear and use a mala. There are variations, but typically each one has 108 beads, plus a larger one called the guru bead which signifies the starting and finishing point. A mala is used to keep track of mantra repetitions during meditation. Mantras help keep focus while meditating and bring intention into your life. Choose a mantra based on what you want to develop in your life such as “I choose joy” or “I am capable.” Here is how to use a mala necklace for meditation along with what materials you can incorporate in your own.

How to Use a Mala Necklace for Meditation

How to Use a Mala Necklace for Meditation

Sit somewhere comfortable without much distraction, anywhere you would typical meditate.
Hold the mala necklace in your right hand hanging over your middle finger with your index finger and thumb separate.
Starting at the beginning beside the guru bead.
With each repetition of the mantra slide a bead down with your thumb away from you.
Continue doing this with one bead per mantra repetition until you have gone all the way around your necklace and are back at the guru bead.
Pause and reflect.
If you want to continue, do not cross the guru bead. Instead, turn it around in the other direction.
Forty days is the typical time period to use a single mantra.

Wearing the necklace around your neck or wrapped around your wrist can also be a physical reminder throughout the day of your manta and to be mindful.

Mala Materials

According to traditional metaphysical folklore certain materials such as gemstones add to the experience. If desired, you can use specific beads for certain purposes. Here are a few examples:

amethyst – peace
garnet – faith
indian agate – protection
rose quartz – love
tiger eye – luck
turquoise – friendship

Rosewood is also a common choice for the wooden beads. The scent of rosewood has been shown to alleviate headaches, nervous tension, stress, nausea, and frigidity.

You can purchase a particular mala necklace or make your own like I did.

Do you practice mantra meditation? Have you used a mala necklace?

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    Sam @ Startup Housewife
    January 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Meditation is something I’ve been really interested in lately. Sometimes I feel like I lack focus, and it would probably help. I like the idea of using the mala beads to keep count of repetitions!

    How did it go on Periscope? I have never used it!

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      Grace
      January 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      I definitely recommend trying meditation with or without a mala out. Periscope went well I think, thanks for asking. I’m planning on doing another one either this week or next.

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    Lisa
    May 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Are there any combinations of beads/stones that can enhance or change the meaning/purpose of the beads?

    1. Reply
      Grace
      June 2, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Hm, I’m actually not too share about that. Crystals for healing is not something I’ve gotten into (yet at least). I gave a few examples in the post of different materials and their corresponding meanings. This would be a great place to look into others if you’re interested: http://www.malacollective.com/pages/gemstone-qualities-1

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    fazal ur rehman azeemi
    December 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    nice lines i see on net .you are a good sister..i am meditate blue light and tasuware sheikh..i am s Sufi order student…azeemia Sufi order…thanks

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