Using Mala Beads for Meditation

As you probably know, I am a big fan of meditation. In my Mindful Mama course, I share how to do a variety of meditations from Zen to Journey. But recently, I found a new tool for my meditation that I want to share with you. It is using mala beads for meditation. These are a great way to add a tactile tool for your mindfulness practice.

Photo credit from Mala and Mantra

Photo credit from Mala and Mantra

The funny thing is how I stumbled upon mala meditations. I admired some beautiful beads on a woman at a party. I introduced myself and found that she was the founder of Mantra and Mala. I learned that these beads are not only beautiful but functional. They have been used for thousands of years to aid in meditation and mindfulness.

Malas are traditionally a strand of 108 beads with a “guru” bead. Truthfully, I don’t know how many beads are on mine nor do they all have a guru bead. The general concept is to move your fingers over the beads as you breathe or set an intention. I’m guessing it’s quite similar to praying with a rosary.

Each gemstone on the mala holds different properties. You can learn about the healing energies at

Here is how I am using mala beads for my meditation.

  • I get comfortable in my seated position. I set an intention for the meditation. At Mala and Mantra, each mala comes with an intention.

  • I hold my mala in my hand, with a bead between my thumb and forefinger.

  • On each bead, I breathe in and then out, holding the intention in my mind.

  • I use my thumb to move to the next bead. Repeat. Breathe in. Breathe out. Focus on the intention.

  • When my mind wanders (and it always does), I simply come back to the beads.

I don’t always use the malas for my meditation. But I am enjoying wearing them on my wrist or as a necklace as they hold special meaning for me. More than just being pretty, they connect me to my intentions and mindfulness practice. For me, they are “mindful jewelry” and connect me with the peace and wellness that I seek out daily.

Please note: I am not an affiliate for Mala and Mantra; just a fan.

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