Yesterday I made myself a small japa mala. Japa mala are used while reciting mantras or during prayer. Mala beads are used to assist in keeping track of the number of repetitions that you verbally or mentally repeat a mantra or prayer. Mala usually contain 108 beads or any number that is divisible by 9.
To use a mala, hold it in your right hand with the beads hanging over your middle finger. Each time you recite a mantra, move your thumb over to the next bead starting at the first bead that’s closest to the “guru” (largest) bead. Mala make a great addition to any meditation or ritual. I plan on using these when I recite my morning mantras to Durga.
For those who have trouble meditating or focusing their mind on one thought while meditating, mala beads are a valuable tool. As you physically hold the mala while reciting a mantra, your mind will become accustomed to focusing on one thought. After a few weeks of using mala and reciting mantras, many people will find it easier to relax & focus their mind and to meditate.
Peace, Love & Magick
In the photo above it shows my new mala being cleansed in the ocean.