How to use your Mala in Mantra Meditation ?
Mala beads are a daily reminder of your deepest intentions. They are source of enlightenment and inner peace.
If you choose to meditate on your Mala, that is used for centuries in Hinduism and Buddhism meditation practice, we have some small advices to guide you in your practice.
Using a Mala is simple, easy, and enjoyable in meditation. It helps you to focus on your deepest intention while using appropriate mantras.
Every person has a different reason for meditating from health benefits to attaining a spiritual connection. Figuring out your intention will help you identify the best mantras to chant while you are practicing.
Using a Mala helps you while meditating. Mantra meditation is the practice of a word or phrase that you repeat. They are often sanskrit in the Buddhist and Yogic traditions. You can also use an affirmation, like the word "calm" or a healing phrase like "I love myself."
One of the goals of chanting mantras is to feel their subtle vibrations. This sensation can help you effect positive changes and enter a deep state of meditation. Each mantra has different vibrations and you want to find one that corresponds to your intention.
Repetition of mantras can help you disconnect from any thoughts that arise during meditation and also help keep you focused on your intention.
Light a candle and an incense and sit down with your Mala.
Instead of counting your mantras, hold your mala in your hand and start turning each bead from the first bead after the Guru bead with your thumb and middle finger. The index finger is not recommended to use as it represents your 'ego'. The sensation of the beads on the fingers is very relaxing, feel them, enjoy the moment and the power of now.
Once you went all the way around your Mala, give yourself a moment to be grateful, to thank universe. If you want to continue the meditation you can keep going on the opposite direction. Never go over the Guru beads.
Meditation takes consistent practice, as inner peace. You will have good days and bad days of practice. Accepting this is part of the meditation journey. Don’t judge yourself too hard. Be gentle and patient. You will find the divinity that is in you.