Shadow Self - 108 Bead Mala
Shadow Self - 108 Bead Mala
This mala is made out of 8mm Obsidian, and 8mm Heat Dyed Jade, with gold accents. It's paired with a sweet chunk of Tourmaline as the pendant. The length of the mala is 21” to the bottom of the crystal.
Obsidian: Known as the "psychic vacuum cleaner," the Obsidian crystal is your spiritual maid service, working hard to clean up the emotional wreckage and debris from the past. A bodyguard to your soul, the Obsidian crystal stone also protects you from shadow traits, addiction, fear, anxiety, and anger-- by acting as a mirror to your inner self.
Jade: the Jade crystal is a superstar in the world of crystal healing thanks to its powerful connection to the heart chakra and its varying degrees of colours. When it comes to bringing prosperity and abundance into your life, the Jade crystal stone is the ultimate good luck charm.
Tourmaline: Tourmaline is a shamanic stone, providing protection during ritual work. It can be used for scrying, and was traditionally used to point out a cause of trouble or an offender, and to indicate a good direction in which to move.
In Vedic tradition great importance is given to reciting mantras 108 times as a means to influence vibrations and energies that are present in the creation. Mantras are sound vibrations, and as modern science now teaches us (quantum physics) this whole creation is made up of energy that is vibration in different frequencies. There is no such thing as solid matter, as even atoms and protons, electrons, etc appear to be nothing more than space and energy that is vibrating in some way or other. This is why it is said that the body is made up of vibrations and everything we do, think or feel emits a vibration. Mantras can be chanted to balance or enhance certain vibrations. They were considered an effective way to balance or harmonise any negative effects due to energetic influences from the planets, as well as a way to enhance any positive effects that these could cause. And based on the system of 9 planets moving through 12 constellations, this leaves us with 9x12=108 different planetary positions or effects/influences that can be harmonised or pacified. It's for this reason that malas are made with 108 beads.
Types and Styles
Malas are always made with round beads. These beads are usually 7-10mm in size, and their shape allows them to glide easily through your fingers. Traditional malas are made with Rudraksh beads, lotus seed beads, yak bone, Bodhi seeds, or wood. Healing malas are made from gemstones, which have different energies, properties, and colours. For example, there are many malas that are made from black onyx, turquoise, rose quartz, or jade. Less common are malas made from round glass beads or glass crystal, and often these malas are used for colour therapy.
There are several mala styles. Some malas are made with only 108 beads, a guru, and a tassel. Others have markers at 7 and/or 21 which make the piece usable in shorter mantra meditations. Some malas look like necklaces and have 108 mala beads with only a guru. All 108 mala beads can be worn as necklaces or as wrapped bracelets, and many Western practitioners wear their malas when they are off the mat to remind them of their yoga practice. There are also mala bracelets which can be made from 21 or 27 beads for shorter meditations and these malas are often worn as bracelets off the mat.
Choosing the Beads
When choosing a mala, use your intuition first. If a mala appeals to you it will be the right mala for you at this time. You can also choose a mala based on the intention of your yoga practice. For example, if you feel that you need more grounding and centering on and off the mat, choose a mala made from agate which is a grounding stone. You can also choose a mala based on its colour. If you like the colour it is more likely that you will find the opportunity to wear your mala, keep it near you throughout the day, or be happy to see it in your shrine. You can choose a mala based on colour if you are also working on your chakras. For example, if you are working on opening your throat chakra, a mala made from blue stones such as turquoise would be perfect, because this stone and colour are both excellent for opening the throat chakra. When buying a mala made from gemstones for healing or chakra therapy, make sure that the mala maker uses a gemstone reference guide.
Quality of the Mala
Your mala should last a long time. You want to make sure that the string the mala is strung on is a premium thread or wire. The best wire is one that has passed a 30lb test. This means that the thread or wire can hold that much weight before being compromised. The method of knotting is also important to ensure that your piece lasts a long time. Sellers should stand behind their products, and they should be willing to restring your mala if it breaks. Finally, mala beads can be stored in a fabric bag when not in use. Fabrics that are natural are best, for example cotton, linen, silk, or velvet. Some sellers offer a mala bag with their creations, others offer them for sale as a complimentary product.
How to Use a Mala
Clarify the intention of your practice and choose your mantra or affirmation.
Find a comfortable space and sit quietly in a cross-legged position if possible.
Close your eyes and observe the speed and depth of your natural breath.
Begin to breathe deeply and bring your focus and attention onto your mantra or affirmation.
Hang the first mala bead gently on the middle or ring finger of your right hand.
Place your thumb on the guru bead and begin reciting your mantra.
At the end of the mantra push the mala bead away with your thumb and move onto the next bead for another round. Continue until you reach a count on 7, 21, 27, or 108.
If you wish to do another round of mantras or affirmations, do not skip over the guru bead. Instead, turn the mala around and move in the opposite direction.
he above information was taken from gaia.com