Malas are commonly used in meditation and can also be worn daily, connecting you to spirit and your higher self.
There are 108 beads representing the 108 stages on the journey of the human soul. It is a sacred number in many Eastern spiritual practices. One (1) represents the Universe, Zero (0) represents Nothing, and Eight (8) represents everything & Infinity.
There are other popular beliefs for the 108 beads including,
Astrology: 12 houses and 9 planets, 12x9=108
Desires: 108 Earthly desires
Heart Chakra: 108 Energy lines connecting to the heart
Sun & Earth: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
The silk knot and thread signifies the divine link present between all beings in the universe.
There is one guru bead (larger bead attached to the tassel).
It symbolises gratitiude and connection to the divine. It is a way to say thank you to all the spiritual teachers who have guided you on your path to spiritual enlightenment.
There is one silk tassel.
It is a symbol of enlightenment.
How to use your mala in meditation or prayer -
Hold the Mala necklace in your hand and beginning from one side of the guru bead, use your thumb to move from bead to bead whilst focussed on breath. Once your breath is calm and controlled, you can begin to repeat a mantra with each bead. Once you have completed 108 mantras, your practice is complete.
Do not cross the guru bead.
Sacred Courage Mantra: I am fearless and brave
Meditation Mala - Sacred Courage
This Sacred Courage Mala was lovingly made by hand and has 108 beads:
Rudraksha Beads are sacred beads and formed from the tears (Aksha) of Lord Shiva (Rudra) according to the ancient Vedic scriptures. It protects against all negativity.
Aquamarine Blue Agate is a stone of courage. It is calming, soothing and believed to be the stone of the mermaids.
Guru bead - Chalcedony Druzy Nugget which absorbs negative energy and connects mind, body and spirit in harmony
Black silk tassle.
Silver plated star charm