In my previous blog, I mentioned that I never leave my house without being spiritually and physically dressed with my Malas. Each day, I stand before my beads, as I mentally ask my higher self and Guides which set to wear that will best serve me now. I then feel drawn to one set over the other, and without questioning it, I put them on. Now, I want to give even more divine insight I have received about these sacred beads. While Malas were originally intended for meditation, they can also be worn or used for a specific purpose. They offer us a wearable reflection of something sacred in our own life. With the Mala in plain sight, it reminds us to remain present and aware of that intention, to pause, breathe, and realign throughout our day.
Something I always say now, something that intuitively came to me one day when I put my beads on, is: “I Am, Connected, Protected, Guided and Directed. And so it is.” You can say, do, or think whatever feels right to you, just be sure that you come from a place of pure intention, centered in your heart versus your head. Consider sitting down in prayer and meditation while holding your Mala beads and asking your guides to share with you what mantra to recite (if anything) with your beads. If you come up blank, then perhaps it means to sit in silence and simply be present to whatever you are feeling in that moment, while using your beads to meditate.
Setting an Intention for your Mala
An intention is a positive thought about what you might want or need in your life right now. Intentions are very personal and relate to what you want to manifest in your life at any given time. It can be about your physical or mental health and well-being, your professional life, your love life, advancing your spiritual gifts and intuition, etc. When we set intentions, it’s powerful to phrase it in the present tense, acting as if it is already so. I like to start my intentions with the words “I AM.”
Here are some basic steps on how to set an intention, in this case, into a Mala.
- Get clear on what you would like to manifest in your life, whether it’s something new or simply more of what already is. It may help to write out whatever it is you’re seeking, be it physical or spiritual. Make a list, and then pinpoint the one intention that stands out to you the most.
- Write out an intention sentence using empowering words that are positive for that one thing you wrote down. Remember to be specific and clear as the Universe brings us exactly what we ask for. For example, if one of the things you wanted was ‘inner peace’, I would write the intention, “I am deeply and completely at peace within, always and in all ways.”
- Now, hold your Mala in both hands, cupping them together, and bringing your hands to your heart, and close your eyes. Inhale and exhale a few times, centering yourself in the present moment. Either out loud or silently state your intention while projecting the intention into the object in your hands. Repeat this a few times until you feel the process is complete.
- Bring your hands up to your forehead as a gesture of grace and gratitude for being in the here and now.
- Now wear your Mala around your neck or wrap it around your wrist. You can also simply hold it or put it in your pocket as a reminder of your intention throughout your day.
Using Mala in Mantra Meditation
I often use my Malas for what they were originally intended to be used for, to assist me in my mantra meditations.
Here’s a step by step guide on how to use Mala beads for meditation if you’re curious to give it a try:
- Find a comfortable place to sit with your spine straight and eyes closed where you won’t be interrupted. Focus in on your breath and take a few deep inhales and exhales to get present and aligned with your higher self and higher guidance.
- Hold your Mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers, gently placed before you or in your lap.
- Use a mantra, if you have one, chanting aloud or silently to yourself. This can be as simple as “OM” or “I AM LOVE”, or a specific mantra you have received that speaks to you. Whatever the mantra, be sure it holds intention and meaning to you.
- Starting at the head bead by the tassel, use your thumb to count each bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Do this 108 times, traveling around the Mala, until you once again reach the starting bead.
- If you want to continue the meditation, instead of passing over the head bead, simply reverse direction and begin again.
However you choose to use your Malas, for meditation or for a spiritual accessory, trust that you will be guided each day and in whatever way is highest and best for your spirit. And, don’t forget to clear and charge your Malas from time to time. A good time to do so is on or around the New and Full moon, as the Full Moon holds the power to release any impurities soaked up over time and the New Moon can charge the crystals to bring you the greatest healing properties it has to offer. Simply set them outside for 24 hours and set your intention on what you desire to be done.