Malas have been around for thousands of years. They represent a connection that you have with the stones that resonate and they are a great meditation tool.
It’s very easy to lose track when meditating especially with everything we pack onto our schedule these days. The world is in a constant state of busy, right NOW and trying to finish 10 projects by Friday schedule. I fall prey to this too from time to time.
Meditation can be intimidating.
- You want me to do what for 15 minutes?
- Do I have to sing or chant?
- Why would I do that? I don’t have time.First off, if you can just take 5 minutes out of the day to breathe on purpose well, you have scored some major brownie points with your brain. By the way, the brain is the boss and it is in your best interest to keep the brain happy and healthy. Yes, there are foods that are great for your brain (please ask a Holistic Nutritionist or a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist like Catherine’s Cabinet, Holly Warner Health or the Alternate Root) but the brain also needs exercise.
Malas can be a great aid as each stone represents a mantra that you can repeat over and over at least 108 times (using a neck mala) or roughly 25-35 times (wrist mala). I always like to stick with “Today I’m going to appreciate each person I run into.” or “When in doubt dance it out.”
Now, whether your intention is to seek strength, wisdom, love or patience. The mala that speaks to you or the mala that you create is significant to your meditation practice and can help you remember these intentions daily. There are so many positive possibilities to increase brain health, knowledge and to put together the pieces for your daily intentions. Sometimes we just need a tool to help center ourselves before we begin on that journey.
Keep watching the events for the Wild Women’s Summer Retreat, where we’ll explore more mala anatomy and power.