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How Mala Beads Can Change Your Life

Did you know that Mala beads originated in Tibetan Buddhism and inspired the rosary?

They were originally given to the working class who couldn’t afford to be in a monastery meditating all day. Today, though most of us cannot afford to live a monastic life of contemplation, a mala still serves the same practical purpose of helping direct the mind to positive states of consciousness.

You may be wondering if mala beads are religious. The short answer is, they don’t have to be. You may also not know how they work, so today we will break down the benefits of using mala beads and simple ways you can use them.

What is a Mala?

Let’s start at the beginning.

Malas are necklaces made of 108 beads with an added stopper bead and a tassel. The beads are either wood, seeds, or crystal.

Malas are used as sacred power objects as well as for using mantras to create new thought patterns. A power object is essentially an organic material that can hold an energetic charge to help you get into the desired state. Power objects can be blessed with your intention or some people choose to ask a spiritual figure to bring positive energy to the beads.

How Do Mala Beads Work?

Now you’re probably scratching your head, wondering what a spiritual power object can do for your real-life problems, right? Well, do you like love, job opportunities, happy emotions, and maybe want to open that infamous Third-Eye? Mala beads can help you with all that and more.

Malas are intention amplifiers, tools to help you craft your life.

Your thoughts are powerful and will be generating your reality whether you are or are not using them. Most of your thoughts are subconscious and that is where the mala beads really help you harness your own power. Thoughts are a wavelength that travels faster than light and sound (seriously look it up), and based on the law of attraction, we are constantly attracting to us, what our own vibrational state happens to be.

The patterns in our subconscious mind become normalized in what we call brain patterns which are neural patterns or habitual perspectives that we perceive reality with. We can address our deepest fears, reroute our self-esteem, build trust that we can accomplish our dreams, improve our ability to communicate, develop healthy self-love, and find healthy habits to replace unhealthy ones, all with the use of repeating a mantra or affirmation with mala beads. They can be purchased for less than $20 depending on the material and they could very well, open the mystical door of esoteric wisdom just as attending a mystery school can. When you experience the power of intention, it’s a more powerful teacher than reading theory about the true nature of the universe. It can open you to realize, you really are in the driver’s seat in life, and you can direct your energy because everything is vibration.

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Mala Beads in Your Daily Life

Choosing a mantra or intention is the first step. You probably know what you want to create more of in your life, whether it’s financial abundance, romance, spiritual connection, positive friendships, a new job, a positive attitude, healing from a breakup, etc. Create an affirmation that basically states you’ve gotten the desired result. Alternatively, you can choose a mantra such as the compassion mantra ‘om mani padme hum,’ which brings a sense of peace which is certainly a valuable state to practice cultivating. The repetition in this simple process will put you in a meditative state where it’s easier to direct the subconscious. Using a mantra normalizes a new reality for you.

Next, you state the mantra once for each bead at least once a day. Pass the beads through your middle finger and thumb. Over time, you start to believe the mantra as you retrain your energy pattern to align with this vibration. You’ll start to see the changes in your life and see why so many cultures have used some form of meditation beads for so long. You can add on to the practice by getting certain crystal healing from the beads. See what you are drawn to or look for crystals that have additional properties to get you to the desired frequency. Some people are combining essential oils with mala beads that have lava beads that hold the essential oils in the little crevices. Other wooden beads already have a scent that can help induce a calm state. Sandalwood is a popular one.

Closing Thoughts…

Mala beads or meditation beads are used in Christianity, Islam, the Yoruba religion, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and by non-religious people. The power of the mind is scientific and you do not need to subscribe to a religious system to use mala beads. Use them as your own form of spirituality and carry them with you to remind you of the energy you’re cultivating. Malas do not have to be expensive, they’re easy to use, easy to take with you on travels, and are also rather fetching as a daily accessory!

Some people may choose to wear their mala to remind them to be kind or to be calm. Each person will have their own personal connection to the beads and some people may use them for energetic protection. Empaths often use protective crystals like black tourmaline for example. They are beads that can bring balance to your life no matter what you’re dealing with. For someone who has too many ideas that make them scattered, they can wear a crystal that helps them focus and be reminded to slow down. Experience your own ability to manifest or see how you feel wearing one from this collection.

One final note is that they make a lovely gift to yourself or to someone because they are infused with intention and memorable because the intention they are bought with will always be alive in the person who wears them. Keeping that love alive is a beautiful way to connect with positive energy.

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Shannon Yrizarry

Shannon Yrizarry

Trusting her intuition has brought Shannon a wealth of gifts and she brings this wisdom to Daily Life … daily! Instead of following the "norms" of career development, Shannon followed her gut. It's led her to some extraordinary places and experiences as a healer, clairvoyant, metaphysical teacher and Kundalini yoga instructor.... Read More

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