How to use Mala Beads for Meditation


A Japa mala or mala (Sanskrit:माला; mālā, meaning garland) is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. This practice is known in Sanskrit as japa. Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. ~ from wikipedia

Although malas are most comonly used to count mantras, they can also be used for Mindfulness Meditation as an aide to keep track of the breath.

Using the beads to keep track of yor inhaling and exhaling, serves to ground you and help against loosing yorself to the stream of thoughts…

There is a very powerful grounding that happens when you count each breath with the flick of a bead. They connect your breath to the physical universe and it can be the difference between constantly loosing yorself to the thoughtstream and staying grounded much more easily in the present moment.

You can use them with eyes open or closed, but if you feel you’re getting dragged into the raging river of  thoughts, you can open your eyes and look at the beads.

They can be used to practice Mindfulness Meditation and if you use a mala that is divided in groups of nine beads, it can be used to practice the Nine Deep Breaths to Peace Technique.

For a description of the mala and a visual demonstration on their use, please see the video below: