Meditate with mala beads

ACTIVATING YOUR MALA

Activating your mala is a beautiful way to connect the beads to your energy and intention.  After you have chose your intention, follow the the below ritual and let them protect and guide you in daily life. 

  • Find a space that you are comfortable in.
  • Light your favourite incense or a candle.
  • Find your breath. Don't force anything.
  • Stay aware. Acknowledge any intruding thoughts and let them be saved for later. Focus on your intention.
  • Holding your mala move over each bead while saying or thinking your specific intention. 
  • Hold peace and inner calmness. Be present in the moment.
  • To activate and seal the energy repeat this traditional mantra three times - "Om Hrim Namah Shivaya Om".
  • Hold your stillness for a several minutes keeping the peaceful, calmness within. 
  • Bring your mala to your heart then to your third eye.

SET YOUR INTENTION

Everything that happens in the universe begins with intention and sometimes we need a reminder in our lives that everything we are doing is the right thing. When we set intentions, we ask the universe to guide us toward our goals.

The sages of India observed thousands of years ago that our destiny is ultimately shaped by our deepest intentions and desires.

The classic Vedic text known as the Upanishads declares, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish. 

Here are the steps for setting your intention:

  1. Meditate on your intention. Meditation takes you beyond the ego-mind into the silence and stillness of pure consciousness. This is the ideal state in which to plant your seeds of intention
  2. Release the intention into the universe. Be clear, but flexible about what you would like in your life.
  3. Visualise your intention. Make it as real in your mind as it will be in reality.
  4. Take action. Do something daily that will bring you closer to your goal.
  5. After you have set your intention, stop worrying. It is not your job to worry about how it will happen. Let the universe work for you.

I will end this chapter with our favourite intention and with a powerful poem.

  • I dedicate this mala to my personal growth, to being calm, finding balance and stability in all aspects of my life.
  • I intend to love unconditionally.
  • I intend to forgive others, and myself.
  • My intention is to find peace and happiness within myself.
  • I intend to stop taking things personally.
  • I am surrounded by abundance.

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge.
Listen hard. Practice wellness.
Play with abandon. Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Continue to learn.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love and live as if
this is all there is."

- Mary Anne Radmacher

CHOSING A MANTRA

A mantra is a sound or combination of words that are believed to have psychological and spiritual powers. Coming from Sanskrit, the word mantra is comprised of two parts: "man", which means mind and "tra", which is the root of the word instrument.

Mantras were literally supposed to be an instrument of the mind.

They were first composed by Hindus in India over 3000 years ago and since then, many other religions have adopted the idea of the mantra.

In today’s times, mantras can be seen as personal slogan that reflects someone’s inner beliefs or how they live their life, and are commonly used in meditation. Having that inspirational sound or phrase can be a wonderful way to center yourself.

A mantra is either given to you by a teacher or chosen by yourself. When selecting a mantra, be clear on what your intention is, and use your intuition over your intellect.

A short guide of how to chose your mantra can be:

  1. Chant a traditional meditation phrase or noise. “Om”, is actually a great way to start. Other sounds could be “Ah” or “Mmm.”
  2. Choose a positive affirmation that combats a lie you unknowingly tell yourself. One of our favorite mantras has been “I commit to just being myself”. 
  3. Pick a virtue you wish to develop. Chant or repet the virtue you wish to cultivate in yourself. “Patience” or “kindness” or “hope” all make great mantras.
  4. Craft your mantra in the positive and keep it short. If you’re choosing a phrase that is specific to you and your current situation, keep it short (one short sentence) and keep it positive. 

USING A MALA

According to yogic traditions, a mantra is a Sanskrit word or phrase that has special powers to transform consciousness, promote healing or fulfill desires.

Sitting in a comfortable position, with the eyes closed, the mantra is repeated silently or aloud. The mind is focused on the mantra, the thoughts are let go of and the breath is slow and deep.

Hold your mala in your right hand and use your thumb to “count” each mantra by touching the bead during the recitation and then lightly pushing the bead away on completion and moving to the next bead. 

The index finger is extended and should not touch the mala. The guru bead should not be counted or touched by the thumb and is used as a starting and ending point of the recitation. If you have a wrist mala of 27 beads you will need to repeat this 3 more times. Continue by pulling the beads and going backwards until you again end at the guru and continue until you have done 108 repetitions, or multiples of 108.

These mantras are powerful and should be kept confidential and practiced in private.

Practice without feeling is only an intellectual exercise and does little benefit. Heart energy energises and drives the practice.