The value of meditation is something that Technalink has always appreciated, but initially, it can sometimes be challenging for people to maintain focus. There’s a lot to take in when first learning to meditate, but one tool can be a useful aid, like mala prayer beads. Here’s how to make the most of them.
What Are Mala Prayer Beads?
Mala beads are a focus tool useful for experienced users and people just learning how to meditate. They can be made of many materials; the only hard and fast rule is that there are 108 of them. Depending on their use and appearance, they can even be worn as jewelry, such as bracelets or necklaces, providing both an aesthetic and meditative boost.
How To Use Them
The traditional use of mala beads for people learning how to meditate is simple. The beads are held between the thumb and middle finger. Traditionally the index finger is not used as this is a seat for the ego and would be considered spiritually detrimental.
Hold the mala beads with the ribbon facing toward you. Then either recite a mantra if that is your preference and you have one, or breathe in and out. Upon completion of a mantra or exhalation, move one bead down. Continue to do this until you return to the ribbon, indicating that you have completed 108 repetitions.
Why It Works
Mindfulness is the act of shutting down all other distractions and intrusive or wandering thoughts and being only in the present. For many, having the focus on an activity, such as concentrating on breathing and going through mala beads, is a much easier way to be grounded in the present than simply sitting quietly.
Being able to ignore incoming thoughts and not be distracted by pursuing them is something that can be far more challenging than beginners realize. Mala prayer beads are one way to help in this effort.
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