Japa malas are traditionally used to keep track of repetitions of a mantra while meditating, although they can be also be used by anyone for setting intentions and affirmations for what they want to manifest in their lives.
They are meant to help your racing mind find the stillness needed to reach pratayahara which is the state of sense withdrawal where your awareness is able to reach inward to a place of peace.
This purifies the mind and frees us from past impressions. They become a tangible reminder of what you wish to achieve and the journey you are on.
When you need some extra security, peace, or reassurance, your mala can remind you that you are capable of amazing things.
Each mala is made up of 108 +1 beads. Our bodies contain 108 major "Nadis'" (physical and subtle energy channels) that reach the sacred heart. By chanting a mantra 108 times the energy from the mantra permeates both the physical and energy body.
The 109th bead, also called the ‘guru’ or ‘sumeru’ (summit) bead, signifies the beginning and end of your meditation practice. The crystal guru bead holds the intention of your mala.
When you meditate with or wear your mala beads, you carry the intention and energy you set with you throughout the day. They are the perfect reminder that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
You can choose to wear your mala daily as jewelry as a reminder of your journey and you can also include them in your meditation practice.
For Japa, or mantra, meditation your mantra is repeated for the entire mala, and sets an intention for what you wish to manifest in your life.
Traditionally you will practice with the same mantra every day for 21 or 40 days.
When choosing a mantra choose something that resonates with you personally.
You can also wear your malas during a silent meditation and let the mala beads soak up the calming energy it creates so you can carry this peace with you throughout the day.
Many people have more than one set of mala beads, either for use of different mantras, or for the different energies the stones bring.
Although it is great to wear your mala daily as a reminder of your intent and to benefit from the energy of the stones, they are handmade and should be worn and stored with love, care, and respect.
They are not meant for use during vigorous physical activity, or when sleeping, and should always be handled with care.
Below are a few favorite mantas to use with your Mama Malas.
Although many favorites are in sanskrit, your mantra can be anything that resonates with you in any language you please.
It's really all about trusting your instincts, and asking yourself what you truly desire.
So Hum: I am that
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha: Removal of obstacles
Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha : Healing
Om Shanti Om : Peace
Om Radha Krishnaya Namaha : Joy and Bliss
"what we think, we become" - Buddha
Each Mama Mala is blessed and cleansed before it is sent out to you.
As you wear your mala and it is affected by the energies around you (kind of like how you can feel drained after dealing with negative people or uplifted around others), you may need to cleanse it to return it to it's neutral state of energy.
Because crystals absorb and emit energy, it is important to cleanse them if they feel heavy or "off".
How often you cleanse your mala will depend on how often you wear them, and the situations you encounter.
If you encounter a lot of negative energy, many people touch or wear your mala, or you deal with a lot of stress, it is probably a good idea to cleanse your mala.
You can cleanse your mala with sunlight, moonlight, or by burning white sage or lemongrass.
It is said that you should cleanse your mala daily if you are using it for healing purposes to cleanse any negative energies that may be absorbed.