Hello, lovelies!! How are all of you today? It’s been a couple of days, since my last post. I needed a break. Now here I am so let’s take a look at mantras and malas. For some of you, these things may be familiar. For others your like what the heck is that? Well, courtesy of yoga and meditation mantras and malas have become more mainstream and popular.
So what is a mantra? Well in today’s spiritual world it often gets mistaken for “intention” but the two concepts are quite different. A mantra is a powerful sound, phrase or vibration that transports the mind to a deeper state of meditation. It can also be seen as an enhancement or energizer for intention. A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the guru bead. Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions.
Now, why would a person want to use a mantra and a mala?
Meditation can be difficult, malas and mantras can help with focus and give more power to your meditation.
How does one use a mala? That is broken down in 4 steps
- 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, use your thumb to count each smaller bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Do this 108 times, travelling 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.
Pretty simple and easy process but it can add so much to your meditation routine. The next question is how do you pick a mantra? There are many mantras out there to choose from my advice is to listen or read a few, find out what they mean. Whichever one that resonates the most with you is the one you should start with. My personal favourite is “Gobinday Mukanday”
It’s all about mental balance.
As always thanks for listening!!
Love and Light Morrigan.