How to Use A Mala For Meditation
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I am really passionate about this revolutionary invention called a mala. The reason for this, is that I am a believer that world peace and collective bliss is possible, if all of us meditate everyday as a cultural practice. I dream of it becoming as mundane as a daily shower and brushing our teeth. I also hope it will become a part of our educational system.
Using a mala is one of the oldest technologies to go into a deep meditation, that will reprogram you mind and body. A mala is not just a cute necklace that the yoga tribe wear to look cool and zen. A mala is actually a technological device, kind of like a James Bond spy gadget. It’s a powerful tool that will transform your meditation practice. It’s like stepping into a portal to a retreat spa in Tulum, where you come back completely regenerated and energised, with clarity to navigate your life from a place of wisdom. A mala necklace when used during meditation, helps to magically ground and anchor you to full presence, as the observer of your thoughts, instead of hopping on to that monkey mind’s back and running away with the faeries.
You can read more about how a mala is a mantra in my previous blog article: https://lilainthesky.com/blogs/blog/what-is-an-intentional-mala-and-how-it-can-manifest-your-intentions-into-reality
How to use a Mala for a simple meditation practice
This simple meditation practice has no need for a timer. Using a mala is a quick and yummy practice that can be fit into any busy schedule. It has been used throughout centuries as an external tool, to make your meditation practice a simple ritual of bliss.
- Sit down comfortably on a cushion, chair, with your legs crossed or in any position you find comfortable. However it’s important is to keep your back straight.
- Hold your mala in one of your hands, and you can put your other hand on your leg comfortably, or in the position of a mudra if you want. A mudra is a symbolic, ritualistic, hand gesture to improve concentration when going inwards.
- Hold the first bead where your mala starts between your middle finger and thumb. Each bead represents a deep inhale and exhale. Take a deep breathe holding the first bead and feel while imagining the cool entering your root chakra (between anus and intimate parts).
- Imagine that your spine is actually a pipe that goes all the way up to your third eye, in the middle of your forehead between your eyebrows. So when you inhale the oxygen comes in the root of this pipe and slowly rises up this pipe into your third eye.
- Hold the air there for a comfortable while. Then slowly breathe out, bringing that warm air stored in your third eye, down. Let it slowly, descend the spinal pipe, all the way down to your intimate area, the root chakra.
- Repeat with next bead, again and again until you finish your Mala necklace. Should be 20 minutes max, but stop before if you need to slowly adjust to starting a meditation practice. Every breath is a victory and is moving you forward to mastery.
There is a misconception about meditation that we should rid our minds from thinking and that thoughts are our enemy. This is not what meditation is about. Meditation is the practice of focusing on your breathing and slowing down our daily breathing, rhythmic, patterns. When we do this, our body is able to relax completely that we go into alpha waves, this is the brain wave that calms our nervous system, lowers blood pressure and heart rate. When we reach alpha waves, thoughts start naturally slowing down and becoming fewer. Depending on how relaxed your breathing and body becomes, you can even get into theta waves, really relaxing your mind from noise.
Don’t make your thoughts an enemy, just breathe in and out deeply through each of your Mala beads and your breathe and the wisdom of your body will work in your behalf cleansing and reprogramming your mind. It’s the relaxed breathing that empties your mind. So just breathe.
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