These beautiful African turquoise beads have been hand strung on cotton thread with a handmade cotton tassle. There are 108 beads plus a hand made silver Rememberance bead which I have created as the Master bead. An additional turquoise bead has been added between the tassle and the rememberance bead.
Mala beads are also called prayer beads. The number 108 is significant in Vedic culture as it is viewed as a number of wholeness of existence. Every strand of Mala beads that we create have been energetically cleansed and hold my blessing. Once they arrive in your hands it is recommended that you activate them, set an intention and mantra that you can say each time your hand moves along the strand of beads.
A mala piece is traditionally comprised of 108 beads and is intended to serve as a reminder of your spiritual practice. While mala beads can be worn as a necklace or adornment (wearing a mala may reduce the life of the mala), simply having them nearby can serve as an edifying reminder of your commitment to spiritual practice.
Whether you’re chanting out loud, whispering, or repeating a phrase silently, tracing the beads of the mala with your fingers can help you keep track of the japa. “Japa” translates to “muttering” in Sanskrit. Similar to praying with rosary beads, meditating with a japa mala has been shown to help slow respiration and encourage well-being. Repeating your mantra redirects the mind from daily obsessions, helping to ground you to the moment, to the prayer, to the power of your mantra and to the power of the gemstones.