For centuries varying religions such as Hindu, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and others have used a prayer bead marking the repetition of prayer, chanting or mantras, giving focus and dedication. My grandmother when convalescing, gracefully showed me her hand clutched with her endeared rosary beads held in it and wrapped around her fingers, she said
"I've worn through three sets of rosary beads, they've been my saviour"I'm sure having had seven children during the 1940's, a husband away intermittently shearing and all the household duties to attend to, she turned inwardly to prayer for distraction and comfort.
It was receiving this update from i Love Chakra that provoked memory of my rosary beads and mala beads, all that have been kindly given to me as gifts. If you have mala beads, I hope you enjoy this bit of insight, if you did not already know....
A lot of people own mala beads but don't know how to meditate with them. So here's a simple guide to help you get more from your mala.
Find a peaceful space where you will not be disturbed. Light a candle or burn some sage or intense. Sit comfortably in a cross legged position and turn your attention inwards. Hold your mala in your left hand to start. Begin your meditation by rolling your thumb and finger over the first bead, after your guru bead. The guru bead is not counted. Continue counting through the 108 beads one by one, and recite your chosen mantra with each one. Continue until you reach your guru bead, then reverse the direction. Repeat this cycle as often as you need.
108 is the number of the universe.
1 being the individual. 0 representing nothingness. 8 symbolising infinity.
" om mani padme hum "
The mantra of compassion. This sacred and ancient, six syllabled Sanskrit mantra, celebrates sending compassion out into the world and is said to help relieve the suffering of humanity. It is probably the most common Buddhist Mantra.
I hope you can find time to sit peacefully to meditate, pray, chant or quietly focus on your breathing.