Recently a friend introduced me to the idea of meditating with Meditation Beads.
I had never heard of them. As she told me more I pictured the Rosary. I am not Catholic, but have always been fascinated by, and drawn to - Rosaries. I even have a modest collection of them, so I was eager to learn more!
Meditation beads are a string of 109 beads and one tassel - used for meditating. They are known as Malas. Malas were first created in India 3000 years ago. The term 'mala' is a Sanskrit word for "meditation garland", and Mala beads have been used by yogis and spiritual seekers for thousands of years to help keep their minds focused during meditation.
Here are simple instructions on how to utilize your Mala beads to enhance your meditation practice:
Choose a spot and sit comfortably with your spine straight and your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths to center and align yourself with your intention
If you have one, use a mantra for this practice, chanting aloud or silently
Hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting at the guru bead (the 109th bead of 108), use your thumb to count each bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Do this 108 times, traveling around the mala, until you once again reach the guru bead
If you want to continue the meditation, instead of passing over the guru bead, simply reverse direction and begin again
Also, I found this short video on the subject very helpful. I really like the idea of engaging my tactile senses with the beads while meditating. It seems to keep me more 'grounded'.
Happy meditating! xoxo Katherine