What is a Mala?
A Mala is a strand of 108 beads traditionally made with a large bead at the end (called a Guru Bead) and a tassel. A Mala may also be called a "Mala Necklace", "Japa Mala", "Mala Beads", or "Buddhist Prayer Beads". Mala Beads are a very beautiful and personal representation of yourself and your intentions.
Traditionally, Mala Beads are used for meditation and prayer similar to how rosaries are used in the Catholic faith. However, anyone can use or wear Mala Beads...regardless of faith or whether or not you meditate.
Simply wearing a Mala that you connect with is a step towards self-love and living a life filled with intention! Mala Beads also make a wonderfully thoughtful gift for a loved one or friend.
Mala Beads can be made from a variety of materials to include: sandalwood, gemstones, seeds, bone, etc. The energy used to make a mala and the quality of materials used is very important when selecting a special piece that you will use for meditation and wear as a reminder of your intentions.
There are thousands of Mala Beads available online, all varying greatly in cost, quality, and origin. A Mala does not need to be made of gold to be effective, but you should consider investing in Mala Beads that are handmade with quality gemstones and infused with love and purpose.
Regardless of the Mala you choose, what is most important is the intentions you use it for and how often you use it with meditation or just simply wear it as a reminder of your intentions.