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here at AME we pride ourselves providing a traditional and authentic experience for our customers but include our signature style. we have chosen to provide traditional 108 bead Tibetan style malas for your meditation sessions and have included a brief overview of each aspect and a short how-to for those curious to learn.
each piece incorporates handpicked elements to create a special feel for each mala. meditation is a hugely personal and spiritual practice and we understand that for us really reap the benefit of using a mala, in itself it must be in alignment.
to add to the metaphysical side of your mala, each and every one has been saged + cleansed on a selenite palm stone after packaging to ensure that any negativity that may have latched on is dispelled prior to you receiving it. we also pride ourselves in assisting you in understanding each type of stone or other elements (charms, symbols etc) that may be a part of your unique purchase - so each comes with a metaphysical highlights card naming each stone and it’s therapeutic qualities which is great beginners information for those who may just be starting out of their spiritual/crystal journey or used as a quick cheat sheet for those well on their way to enlightenment.
although there are many different types of mala’s out there, as noted we at AME Apothecary Co focus in on the traditional 108 bead Tibetan style; which encompass 5 key features. Here is a quick breakdown of them:
guru bead - this is the largest of the beads which is located dead centre all of the 108 beads and is located at the bottom. it sometimes is called the “teacher bead” or “focal head” this bead or piece is separate from the others making it the “109th“ bead and is generally accompanied by a tassel.
set bead - these are used to separate the five sections of smaller beads on your mala, and are often referred to as “marker beads” (think chapters in a book) and they are often larger than the rest but not as large as the guru.
first section - this is the shortest section of beads on your mala consisting of six beads on each side. I personally choose smaller beads for these sets (consider them “warm up” beads if you will) to allow you to gain momentum as you progress through your mediations and for your mantra to grow as well,
second section - this section contains thirteen beads on each side and are generally slightly larger than the first to show your increase in dedication and to signify your grown personal connection to both your mala and your guiding spirit.
third section - this is the longest stretch of beads on your mala which connects one side to the other as you work through your meditation (go you!) it contains sixty-six beads total and allows you to really focus on your intention.
for those of you just learning about meditation or mantras I’ve included a little step by step guide to using your mala, this is by no means an inclusive guide and feel free to personalize, tweak and just do what feels right for you.
1. choose your intention, affirmation or mantra for your meditation. If your not sure how to do this the Internet has a vast plenty of great resources (I have picked a few of my favourites that I’ll include links for at the end of this section)
2. find a quiet, comfortable place to sit that’s free of distractions. it’s recommended for beginners that you close your eyes (since I know silencing outside stimuli is a challenge for me I try to do this on my “alone time”)
3. take a few minutes to focus in on your breathing and repeat up to several cycles of inhale/exhales to regulate. pay attention to how you feel with each, their depth, speed and make adjustments if necessary, but don’t force anything uncomfortable or painful.
4. bring the attention once more to your chosen intention, affirmation or mantra and really zero in on what your wanting to get out of this session. with your mala loosely draped over your lap and hand begin with holding the first bead next to your guru bead.
5. hang the first bead delicately over your middle or ring finger (kind of like a woven basket strand through your fingers) and use your free hand to grasp the guru bead between your thumb and forefinger. this will allow you to gently pull the mala towards you as you progress from bead to bead without it ever leaving you hand or getting tangled. with every bead you pass over, repeat your mantra over each of the 108 beads.
6. the guru bead will eventually become the last bead you have to pass over (once you’ve reach around the other side) signifying the end of your medititation. once again repeat your mantra setting your intention one last time before you bow out of your session.
if you feel like you haven’t quite acheived the level of zen you intended to achieve, feel free to start again and without passing over the guru bead, to go in reverse back around your mala - still repeating your mantra, intention or affirmation until you once again reach the guru bead. Do this as many times as what feels right to you, sometimes time only allows for once, or a hundred times - each to their own. there is really no right or wrong way to connect with your inner self and settle your mind.
mantras allow you to focus on what your are seeking during your practice. they allow you to let go of daily life for a time and bring your positive intentions into your consiousness
using the repetition of a specific sound or phrase has been scientifically proven to aid in calming the mind - which allows you to truly reap the benifits of meditation.
while your consciously focusing on your mantra, it can aide your brain in digging through all those experiences you’ve encountered and allows you to step back from an active role in processing and breathe. we often forget to take time for reflection and the process of setting an intention or mantra can be deeply benificial to get down to the nitty gritty of what your trying to overcome, project or manifest in your life so that you can step away after with a newly refreshed outlook on your day.