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