Wearing Your Intention: How To Choose Mala Beads
By Diana Charabin
Years ago when I first heard of Kris Carr, I wondered how could cancer be sexy? I understood the crazy part but I was yet to understand how Kris could take something with such an opposite connotation, “cancer,” (just saying it makes me feel a punch in the stomach) and turn it into inspiration and hope.
I have had a similar experience with mala beads. For those of you who don’t know, mala beads are meditation garlands that have been worn for thousands of years in traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga and meditation.
From the moment I first laid my eyes on mala beads I was extraordinarily drawn to their uniqueness and energy. It was an unexplainable attraction. I also noticed in watching a few of Kris’ videos that she frequently wears mala beads!
Mala beads are traditionally used for japa meditation – reciting a positive affirmation or mantra along each bead to come into a more calming, connected and spiritual state.
When I started making mala beads I wanted to take the tradition of these esoteric beads and make them accessible and “sexy.” I wanted to link mala beads to setting an intention. Because I am very interested in the healing qualities of crystals we fused mala beads with healing crystals that each have their own energy and intention. There are crystals for love, strength, prosperity, healing, break-ups, focusing, letting go, spirituality, grounding, protection and so on.
Choosing an intention is only half of the process. It is just as important to choose a mala that you are visually and aesthetically drawn to. The things we find beautiful are just as important in our healing as what they are meant for – whether it is art, a beautiful beach or a set of mala beads.
One common blockage I have seen people struggle with when choosing mala beads or in general is figuring out what their dream or intention should be.
Ask yourself :
What do I want?
If you cannot answer this, ask yourself: What do I not want?
This is a good starting point. There are so many ways to get clear on this: yoga, meditation, goal setting and vision boarding.
Or perhaps your intention is to start making clear decisions – that is a good place to start as well.
There is something powerful about wearing your intention. It makes your goal tangible at every moment of the day. Every time you look at your mala or feel it, you are reminded to stay on your chosen path. Distractions that are coming at you from all directions are averted when you have a physical object to touch and gently be taken back. I often hold my mala beads during a conversation or gaze at them in front of my mat during yoga and they remind me why I am here.
Along with being prayer beads, malas are worry beads. People who wear them often touch, rub or hold them. They are a constant reminder that you are not alone, that you are powerful, complete and that everything is possible.
Here are several factors that you should be mindful of when choosing mala beads:
Things that you are attracted to are integral in your healing whether it is a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or a gorgeous mala. Surrounding yourself with beautiful and uplifting things is powerful.
What is your favourite colour? What colour of clothing do you wear often. You want to choose a mala that you will use and wear often so choose something that you can see being a staple.
Find a mala with a shape that you connect with. Ever heard of sacred geometry? Choose something that you are drawn to.
What do you want to create in your life? What are you working on? What do you want? What are you struggling with. Ask yourself these questions and see if they guide to what you want to create as your intention.
Every crystal we use in our mala beads as its own individual energy. Make sure that this energy aligns with your intention! A lot of malas will assist everyone on some level – see if you can find something that you connect with individually.
What was the first mala you were orginally drawn to? – This is most likely the perfect mala for you!
Choosing a mala is a combination of all of these factors – most importantly follow your intuition and follow your heart.
Diana Charabin is a fearless entrepreneur, adventurer and yogi who is passionate about living. She founded Tiny Devotions, a hip, fresh and inspired jewelry company that creates designer mala beads.