How to use your Mala?
A Japa mala or mala (a Sanskrit word meaning garland) is a set of beads traditionally used by Hindus, Buddhists, and yoga practitioners during meditation. They are usually made from 108 beads, though other numbers, usually divisible by 9, are also used. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting prayers, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra. This practice is known in Sanskrit as japa. It is believed that using a mala during mediation empowers it with restful, centered awareness. Wearing the mala throughout the day carries the energy of meditation into activity. Most malas are typically made with 21, 24, 27, 54 or 108 beads.
Using this powerful tool in your meditation is easy and enjoyable. Begin with finding a quiet and comfortable space. Sitting in a cross-legged position, choose your mantra and set your intention. Let go of any concerns or preoccupations. With your eyes closed, focus on your natural breath. As you begin to deepen your breath, bring your focus onto your mantra or affirmation. If you wish to follow the Tibetan tradition, hold your mala with your left hand, closer to your heart, by placing the first bead next to the guru bead on top of your index finger and thumb on the guru bead. Each bead represents one repetition of your mantra. At the end of each repetition, slide the bead with your thumb towards the body and move onto the next bead. Continue, until you reach a count of 7, 21, 27 or 108. Out of respect for our teachers, the guru bead should never be crossed. If you reach your guru bead and wish to do more repetitions, turn the mala around and move in the opposite direction
May you be Happy May you be Healthy May you be Wise May you be Free
Please be gentle with your mala. Bathing, swimming, or partaking in any vigorous activity may lead to a breakage or damage of your mala. Please keep in mind that frequent stretching will weaken the thread overtime and may damage your mala.
Regular cleansing of your semiprecious stone mala is recommended. Gemstones absorb negative energy well and could also transmit the negativity back if they become saturated. To remove any unwanted energy, leave your mala in moonlight overnight, let it rest under a tree or in a potted plant, smudge it with sage or lemongrass or use other crystals such as amethyst and quartz crystal.
Keep in mind the silver and gold beads may tarnish due to its exposure to air and natural oils. If preferred, a polishing cloth can be used to restore their shine.
What are your Gold and Silver spacers and findings made of?
All our findings are made of the base metal brass. The gold plating is 18k and pure silver. These are breathable and living metals. When in contact with the elements they will adjust to their environment, turning different colours. We have seen greys, yellows, blacks, and pinks. The is the charm of "Earth Jewelry" and is not a sign that your piece has gone "bad" or is poor quality. We strive to give you beautiful pieces that are economically sustainable. Imperfections are a quality of the earth and we enjoy seeing how your piece has developed over time when it has been given the proper care.
* If you have received a promotional piece, we do our best to gift you a piece with our vision, care, love and style, but the spacers and beads have to be economically sustainable as well. Our pieces will always be made from elements of the earth however, but just a lower grade. So the love is there, but you will notice a difference in the overall quality of these pieces compared to our purchase products.
Your string is thinner that most Mala's, will it break?
Our beading string is made of Nylon. We have tested all strings and have found that our choice of string is very resilient (Sabrina's now 3 year old has pulled on her pieces since he was little, and no breakage yet lol). We have also chosen a thiner string to add a sense of beauty while keeping versatility. You may wear our pieces to school, yoga, work, dancing and even your wedding. We strive to make our pieces functional and beautiful.
What do I do if my Mala breaks?
In the last 2 years we have only had 2 Mala's break! (Fall 2016) But we understand that this can be devastating if it happens.
The traditional belief system is; if your Mala breaks you have broken a pattern you were working through. A rebirth if you will. This is actually a celebration! If you have bonded with your Mala however, you must cleanse your piece to invite a new beginning. Using sunlight, sound, smudging and prayer. Ritual is very powerful.
If you don't believe any of this and you just really miss your Mala, then we will be happy to string it as well!:)
We offer a 15.00 restringing fee plus shipping. Send us a message through the contact page and we will send you all the steps you need to take.
Will I receive the exact mala in the picture?
The pictured mala is a sample. Because we only use natural gemstones, you can expect slight color variation in your gems. Each mala is created with handpicked beads and is as beautiful as the one shown. Unique and with it's own energy.