You’ve picked out your mala with care, you’ve worn it often and meditated with it frequently. You smell it’s sandalwood and use it to calm down or just relax. And then maybe one day it breaks. You are heartbroken. But a mala breaking can be an amazing thing.
A mala that has been broken is called a ‘Mala Breakthrough’. It is considered a sign of karmic progression and is something to be fully celebrated. Gemstones have a way of releasing you when they are no longer useful, and a broken mala can symbolize lessons learned and new beginnings. Your mala may have taken a lot of energy, and now it’s done its job.
After having a mala breakthrough it is recommended to sit and meditate on the original description and intentions of the mala and process any breakthroughs or progression.
If you feel you experienced a mala breakthrough you can have your mala beads restrung and keep them on your altar or mirror as a symbol of your progress, or you can scatter the beads throughout your home or garden in a ceremony to celebrate the breakthrough.
Sometimes accidents happen and malas get caught on clothing, babies pull on them, etc. If you feel that you have not yet had a breakthrough and you are still supported by the intention of the mala beads, continue to wear them after they have been restrung with a new intention that honors where you are now.