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Start the year off right with a mindful meditation in this Mala & Meditation workshop on January 8th 1:30-3:30pm. Having a mala with you can turn any period of downtime into the perfect moment for meditation: "For a public practice, I recommend contemplating a quality you feel is particularly significant or important to you right now and, while you're waiting for a meeting or during a commute, slowly reciting that word or phrase," says Lodro Rinzler, cofounder of MNDFL, a chain of meditation studios in New York City.
Make sure that you know how many times you intend on repeating the mantra before so that you do not get lost in the counting process. The Meditation Mala is also known as ‘Mala Beads'. 4. Hold your mala in your right hand (in India the left hand is considered impure) and use your thumb to count" each mantra by touching the bead during the recitation of the mantra.
Mantras are used as a form of practicing concentration, and some mantras are prayer to deities. In an ideal situation, a mala would be chosen for you and blessed by your guru If you're choosing one yourself, clear its aura by giving it Reiki , airing it in the sun, or blessing it with a prayer before use.
The mala that you use for Mantra Japa meditation should not be exhibited and is best kept privately in a special Mala Bag. In Japa meditation one repeats a mantra, chant, or intention while gracing each bead of the mala energy bracelet
with one's fingers. It is recommended to practice mantra meditation at least once per day.
And much like a rosary, the beads help the practitioner keep track of their place as they move through a meditation practice with the beads in between their thumb and forefinger (never letting the beads touch the middle finger, a sign of disrespect).
Interested in getting mala beads? Some Buddhist traditions hold that the Buddha himself instructed his followers to use and wear malas, specifically the laypeople (not monks). Mala beads are a strand of 108 beads used for keeping count during mantra meditations.
If you want to continue the meditation, instead of passing over the guru bead, simply reverse direction and begin again. Each time you work your way around the mala, saying a mantra for each bead, you are considered to have completed 100 mantra recitations.
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You can reflect on your meditation practice, give thanks to your mantra, honor your guru — or show yourself a moment of gratitude for slowing down to meditate. Nicole Gamble will take you through the process of choosing the wood and gem stone beads that speak to you, and then stringing them to create a personalized Mala to enhance your meditation practice.
Here's where the mala comes in. A mala is a string of beads (108 to be exact) plus one 'guru' bead (the main one) that is used for meditation and prayer purposes. In traditional Hindu use, you place the Mala in your right hand, with the first bead that you will count draped over your middle or ring finger.