Mala beads are a strand of 108 beads used for keeping breath counts which aim to enhance a calmer and more clear, body, mind and spirit. Malas can also be made of 57 beads or 21 beads for use in shorter meditation.
108 is a significant number for many reasons. Some associate the possibility of enlightenment with taking only 108 breaths a day while in deep meditation. Others connect the number’s significance to the heart chakra (which houses our love and emotional wellness), as there is said to be 108 energy lines leading to it, one of which is believed to be the path to self realization.
First created in India 3000 years ago, mala beads have roots in Hinduism, Buddhism and yoga.
The term ‘mala’ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.” Originally, mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite.”
During Japa meditation you repeat a mantra softly, 108 times, using your mala beads to keep track. A mantra is a word or sound repeated during mediation to help you concentrate.
The 109th stone symbolizes gratitude and our connection to the divine. It is a way to say thank-you to all the spiritual teachers who have helped us on our path to enlightenment.
Howlite- Calming, Releasing Fear
Gray Agate- Agate enhances mental function by improving concentration, perception, and analytical abilities and is protecting.
Frosted Amazonite – Stone of Courage and the Stone of Truth
Lava- Strength, Grounding, Balance, Courage
Lotus- Purity, Harmony and Rising above challenging situations
Can be worn as a necklace or bracelet