Using Your Mala

Mary Lee Explains How to Use Your Mala

Using Your Mala

How To Meditate with a Mala

Using a mala during meditation is a simple yet powerful way to focus the mind and enhance your practice. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Choose a comfortable seated position, with your back straight and feet planted firmly on the ground. You can also sit in a cross-legged position on a cushion or mat.

2. Hold your mala in your dominant hand, with the guru bead (the larger, distinct bead) between your thumb and middle finger.

3. Begin reciting your chosen mantra or visualization, moving the mala beads one by one through your fingers as you do so. You can use your thumb to move the beads or use any other finger except the first finger, which is considered the rude or "accusing" finger in some traditions.

4. When you reach the guru bead, do not pass over it. Instead, you may mentally bow to your guru, teacher, or your own higher state of consciousness and then turn the mala over and begin again, with the guru bead now at the beginning.

5. Continue this process, focusing your attention on the mantra or visualization and the sensation of the beads moving through your fingers. If your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to the mala and the mantra.

6. When you feel complete, take a few deep breaths and slowly open your eyes, bringing your meditation practice to a close.


It's important to note that there is no set number of times you need to recite the mantra or go through the mala. The goal is to use the mala as a tool to focus the mind and bring you into a state of presence and awareness. You may use your mala for a few minutes or for an extended period of time, depending on your preferences and needs. With regular practice, you will find that using a mala during meditation can be a powerful and transformative tool on your spiritual journey.

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