Wall hanging: Pretty
Coffee maker: Purposeful (and so freakin’ necessary)
Trinket on the mantle: Pretty
Washing machine: Purposeful
Mala necklace: Pretty and purposeful
What is a Mala necklace?
A majority of the world’s population uses prayer beads in their spiritual practice in some form.
Mala necklaces stem from Buddhism and Hinduism, and are known as “Japa Malas”. They are used as means of meditation to help guide you as a spiritual person. They have a guru bead in the middle and then 108 beads that are either knotted in between or spaced with a smaller bead. The beads can be made of any material or size as long as there are 54 on either side of the guru bead.
Why 108 beads?
In the parenting world, “3” seems to be the magic number (although, can someone please explain to me what I’m supposed to do once I get to 3??) .
However, in the physical and spiritual world, 108 is the magic number. Here’s why:
-There are 108 sacred sites on our bodies.
-There are 108 lines of energy connected to our hearts.
-The sun’s diameter is 108 times that of the earth
-It is said there are 108 human feelings
-There are 108 stages in the journey of the soul
These are just a few of the beliefs of cultures and religions around the world.
What do I do with a Mala necklace?
You can choose an intention to go with your mala necklace. An intention is a statement of a positive goal you want to experience, and the benefits are huge! Read about that here.
For example, some intentions could be:
-I intend to love myself
-I intend to be calm
-I intend to smile more
-I intend to allow myself to pursue my dreams
Your Mala necklace can serve you as a reminder of your intention. You can wear it or simply hang it somewhere you will see it often. Each time you look at it or feel it, it will take you back to the intention you set for it.
You can also use it during meditation to keep track of how many times you recite your intention. As you sit to meditate, touch each bead as a guide to how many times you’ve said aloud or thought of your intention. Yes, 108 times may seem like a lot of times, but it’s entirely worth it. How many times did you have to tell your children to clean their room before they did it? How many times do you have to tell yourself to love you before you’ll do it? Reciting the same thing repeatedly is going to result in you understanding the importance of the intention you set.
Why do I need a Mala necklace?
Here’s the thing: you spend so much energy giving your family what they want and need. You give from your cup and have a hard time finding the time to fill ‘er back up. Having a Mala necklace as a physical reminder of the self-growth that you want to participate in will remind you that YOU ARE WORTHY of taking that time for yourself. You still have hopes, dreams, and desires, Mama. Putting some of that positive energy into setting an intention into a tangible item will remind you of that.
A Mala necklace is fully customizable. You can have them handmade to your preferences or you can choose from a pre-made one that speaks to you. You can choose from ones that have set intentions or you can give it your own. It’s entirely up to you how you go about choosing and using your Mala necklace. It immediately gives you power and control over your own destiny.
Plus, they’re so darn pretty!
Where do I get a Mala necklace?
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Finding a Mala necklace is easy. Finding a Mala necklace that you know for a fact has been made with love and care, however, is a little more tricky.
HelloDaffodil and I Am Blessed are examples of Mala necklace makers who put loving energy into your piece. Each Mala necklace is handmade and designed by these amazing women who are skilled and knowledgeable in making your Mala necklace to suit you best.
What do you think? Do you have a Mala necklace? Has it changed your life?