Mala beads (or prayer beads) are used throughout the world as an aid to prayer, relaxation or meditation.
They can be made from many different materials depending on the desired aesthetic or qualities.
To use a Mala, hold the bead to the right of the guru bead (the starting bead-called the guru bead as it represents the relationship between student and teacher through which wisdom is traditionally passed in Buddhism).
One by one pass the remaining beads through your fingers whilst taking a deep, slow breath or mentally or verbally reciting a mantra with each bead.
(A mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid and aim concentration-more information on mantras coming soon)
If your Mala has spacer beads between sections of larger beads, these can allow for you to return your consciousness momentarily to the present so as not to get ‘lost’ in the meditation but…
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