Wearing malas to help your practice or making a fashion statement, these will increase your energy flow. Intention Malas from So You Boutique are HAND made, KNOTTED after each bead, and made of a stone bead with intentions, One Guru bead, Tassel and Charged with Mantras.
A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit bead called a 'guru' bead. It is a tool used to keep your mind on the meditation practice. Malas are generally made from different materials such as tulsi (basil) wood, sandal wood, rudraksh seeds or stones. Each type of material has certain properties which subtly affect the subconscious mind of the practitioner.
Why use the Mala? Meditation can be quite a tricky practice because the mind is like a naughty child. By its very nature, the mind tends to wander off during the meditation practice. If ones energy is low at the time of meditation, falling asleep can result. If the energy is too high, fantasy and distraction become the barriers. At such times, the mala provides the much needed anchor.
For wearing: It becomes like a close friend or a comfortable piece of clothing!
How to Use? Either way, the index finger is never used to touch the mala. The mala is traditionally held in the right hand and used in two ways -
In one method, the mala is hanging between the thumb and the ring (third) finger. The middle (second) finger is used to rotate the mala by one bead towards oneself with each repetition of the mantra.
In the other method, the mala is hanging on the middle finger, with the thumb used to rotate the mala just as explained - one bead at a time.
The mala may coil on the floor with the hand resting on the right knee or used with the hand concealed in the Mala Bag. The practice begins at the guru bead and continues around the loop until the summit is reached again. The summit bead is never passed over. If you plan to do more than 1 round, the mala is turned around to proceed again in the reverse direction.
Whenever the mala is taken up, it automatically conditions the mind to the meditative state.