To meditate with your mala beads, begin by setting an intention for what you want to cultivate in your life.  

To start, you find the first sandalwood (or rudraksha) bead to the right of your guru bead. 

Moving from the right side to the left repeat your chosen mantra once for each sandalwood or rudraksha bead on your mala until you come back around to your guru bead.

If you would like to stretch out your meditation, you can flip your mala around and work your way back along all of the beads until you reach the guru again (Does that make sense? essentially you want to go back the way you came instead fo crossing over).

When you have reached the guru stone, take a moment to sit with the energy of your meditation and focus on your intention.


Mala bead meditation is one of the easiest ways to start a sustainable meditation practice because they provide a distraction from the “monkey mind” that can make starting a meditation practice so challenging.

By meditating everyday with your mala beads you connect further to yourself and your intentions start to permeate every aspect of your body and spirit.

Meditation is one of those things that you know you should do regularly, but seems hard to fit into day to day life.  

You don’t need to be sitting in lotus pose on a meditation cushion for 20 minutes a day to receive the benefits of meditation. Lasting benefits come from consistent practice, even if it’s only for five minutes a day.

The reason I love meditating with my mala beads is that they are always on me.

So when I find myself at school pick up a few minutes early, or notice the boys are quietly playing at the park, I can take a few minutes to myself and do a quick meditation and carry the energy of the practice with me throughout the day.  

Once I take those few minutes for myself, I’m able to continue my day with a renewed sense of calm and presence and connect with my family in a more meaningful way.