A mala is a strand of beads, similar to beads of a Rosary, traditionally used for counting during mantra meditations. A mala bead necklace can help you to work on your breathing and anything that you’re trying to work through emotionally.
Malas are typically made with 108 beads, however they can be made with 54 beads, 27 beads, 21 or 19 beads. I’ve heard a few different stories as to why the 108 beads and their spiritual significance, however, the one that resonates with me the most is for every third of the 108 beads, so for every 36 of them, they represent your past, your present and your future. What I like about this theory is that once you work through each bead with your mantra it allows you to stay in the present moment mentally and physically while consciously working through the release of what no longer serves you (your past), so you can start to focus on your today (your present) so that you can make room for what’s to come (your future).
If you’re a lover of yoga like I am or you just started practicing, malas can help you enhance your spiritual practice by opening up the connection to your higher self and with Spirit. They can become a powerful tool to use as part of your overall healing practice and can help you to manifest your dreams into reality, and help you achieve any goal.
Believe it or not, I just recently discovered mala beads at the Veg Food Fest in Toronto, Ontario this past year with my dear friend Tereza (that’s her beside me on my right).
We brought our boys (pictured below) and drove from our hometown of Georgetown to discover what the Veg Food Fest was all about. It was our first time going, and I’m happy to say I’m glad we went. We discovered all sorts of yummy vegan and vegetarian food, products and services, listened to live local music, and got to hang around a large group of like-minded people. We even all got henna tattoos.
There was an Etsy section blocked off for local artists, and as a lover of Etsy I had to go check it out. Local artists and shops were lined up side by side all trying to compete with the next guy, but there was this one booth that caught our eyes. It had lots of pretty mala necklaces and bracelets made out of semi-precious stones, and we both immediately got excited.
Being the creative person I am, I told my friend that we can make these for less than half the price. Now, I know it’s a good thing to support your local artists, however, being one myself I knew we could tackle this on our own.
A few days later, Tereza and I got back on the road again and drove all the way to Scarborough, Ontario, to a bead store called John Bead & Craft Outlet that sells all sorts of pretty semi-precious beads for great low prices. It was a long drive from Georgetown, but we got what we needed for less than $30.
You can make mala necklaces out of whatever beads you like, although to add a higher frequency / higher vibration and healing properties to them, I suggest using semi-precious stones.
These are the stones I chose:
Turquoise as it promotes spiritual attunement and enhances communication with the physical and spiritual world. It instills inner calmness and has many healing abilities.
Yellow Agate as it’s a great grounding stone to help harmonize balance with your chi (qi) and can promote strength and confidence to empower your solar plexus.
Rose quartz is THE stone for infinite peace and unconditional love. It helps to bring forward the true essence of love and purifies the heart by healing it and promoting self-love.
The next thing we needed to decide was what colour of thread we should get. We decided on some bright hot colours that would modernize our malas. So I jumped online and found some neon fishing wire for less than $10 CAD and I picked up a hot pink, cyan and neon green thread.
To add some personalization to our malas, we decided to add a charm to them. It seemed fitting to choose a Buddha and a feather for my spiritual connections with my angels and Archangels that I work with daily.
As a decorative add-on we needed to make a tassel. The fishing wire was too thin so we opted to use embroidery thread. They come in all sorts of colours and worked perfectly for what we needed.
Before we started we first cleansed our energy by smudging ourselves with a sacred sage ceremony. This helped to clear our minds and put us into a meditative state.
Next we placed our semi-precious stones in a bowl of water with Young Living’s Sacred Frankincense (a great oil to use for mediation). We then reiki’d our beads and said a prayer to transmute any blocked energies from excavation, from the hands that exported them, and from the hands that shelved them at the store where we purchased them from. If you practice reiki I encourage you to reiki your beads too for that extra boost of positive energy. If you’re interested in learning Reiki, my Reiki Master, Susan MacDonald, teaches Level 1 in the Oakville, Ontario area a few times a year. You can check her out here.
Even if you’re not Reiki attuned you can still hold a prayer for your beads.
Here’s a prayer you may try if you like:
“Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I pray to thee. I ask that you please transmute any blocked energies from these semi-precious stones that I will be using for my mala necklace, from when they were excavated, exported and all the hands they touched before they got to mine. I call forward Archangel Michael to use his sword and shield of love and light to cut any fear and blocked energies that they may be carrying. I then call forward Mother Mary, our sacred divine Mother, with your pure love and compassion to please prepare my beads for my spiritual path and nourish them with the light of God. Amen.”
After the prayer we held a powerful intention for our beads.
Our intention: Let these beads provide love for ourselves, love for our family and friends, love for the planet and love for all living things.
Here’s how you can set an intention for you mala:
- Breathe. Take several deep breaths and ask yourself: “What do I want? How do I want to feel? What are my goals? What do I want out of life?” Think bigger picture here. If you had to simplify it down to one word what would it be? ex. Forgiveness, compassion, release, integrity, inner peace, beauty, joy, etc…
- Write it down. Give your intention power and purpose. Mean what you write and feel it in your heart and in your gut. Believe in it.
- Release it. Once you share your intentions to the universe it becomes real and your intentions will start to manifest. Be sure to check in with your intentions over time, so that you’re still being true to what your heart most desires.
- Wear it. Once you’re done with your intention, and your mala is finished, wear it, and wear it proud for what it stands for and what it will do for you and your spiritual practice.
- Use it. To use your new mala necklace, sit up straight in a comfortable position and place the mala beads in your hands. Invoke your intention and start your mantra. Repeat your mantra with each bead until finished.
It took a while to thread each bead and to ensure our tassels were beautifully intact, but we got it done and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. We can’t wait to start using them for our practice. This was a great way for us girls to get together, listen to some music, chat and get our spiritual groove on. #HappyDay
To get the full step-by-step instructions on how to make your own mala necklace, check out the link above for a free downloadable pdf.
Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear what type of stones you would use to make your mala and why in the comments below.