Wearing Your Intention: How To Choose Mala Beads

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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.

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17 responses to Wearing Your Intention: How To Choose Mala Beads
  1. Thank you to the entire Crazy, Sexy Team for featuring our guest blog. Namaste xx

  2. kb said on May 24, 2011

    Awesome Diana! xo

  3. This article couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! I was just looking into buying some mala beads as a symbol of intention in this new life journey I am embarking on. I couldn’t choose what type to buy, when I found Tiny Devotions- and I love the idea of pairing crystals with the traditional mala! Thanks so much for this.


  4. This is an absolutely gorgeous post to read today as my stunning White Jade “Highest Potential” mala beads arrived in the mail (two weeks earlier than I was expecting!), and as I’ve been struggling with quieting my monkey mind in meditation lately.

    I’ve needed something to keep my mind approaching focus (at least) for more than 3 minutes at a time!

    Mantra & prayer + (beautiful) mala beads + meditation = me very excited to hit the cushion again tomorrow.

    Thank you.

  5. This is beautiful! I have always admired these beads and appreciate your detailed description of what to look for when choosing them. XO thank you!

  6. Great post and thank you! I had heard of mala beads, but just really didn’t “get” the idea behind them. Then, this last year really juggled my thoughts. I lost both of my dogs (like children to me), my mother was diagnosed w/ breast cancer (had a mastectomy) and I was diagnosed w/ molar pregnancy (this can and almost turned in to cancer). I am doing amazingly now. At my lowest, I turned to my spirituality and mala beads. I got the kiwi jasper. I instantly found comfort and strenght and the next week my levels went down (doctors said it wasn’t possible after 6 wks of rising w/o chemo). Anyway, my mala has been a heaven sent and I am very thankful. They are a physical reminder, something I can touch, to remind me to be grounded, stay on track, etc.
    Anyway, long story, but I just wanted to speak from experience and help others find the power of the mala. If you are not a believer, I want to show you why you should be. Thanks Diana. Kris, I love all your info and you are amazing w/ what you have done w/ cancer and the knowledge you have passed on.

  7. Great timing on visiting Kris’s blog and seeing your post today, as I [ recently] purchased one and LOVE it.

    Thanks so much!


  8. This post came at just the right time. Purchasing a mala today!

  9. Just bought my first mala beads. I chose Amazonite to promote universal love and alleviate fear and anxiety. I tend to get caught up in my own little bubble so the mala’s focus on universal love encourages me in remembering there’s a bigger picture, and I’m a small but important part of it. The second focus of my mala helps ground me and remind me to calm the crap down 😉

  10. Nina said on May 26, 2011

    thanks so much for this article. I have been drawn to carnelian lately…and I don’t typically like red or orange. then when I was researching the stone I found it is useful to helping in healing from abuse and that has been what I have been working on this year so I found it AMAZING that was what I was attracted to. such a good affirmation for me in following my intuition and trusting myself.

  11. Wow Diana! Just saw this – AMAZING!! :) :)

  12. Thank you for this article Diana!

    I have been admiring your Mala Beads for quite a while now but was unsure how to choose. It has been recommended that I begin practicing yoga and meditation and I feel lost – where to begin?

    This has helped me to focus in on my goals and what I want to achieve

  13. Thanks for the blogger sharing your post, it really helps many people to deal with something or know more about something.

  14. I so need all the help I can get so I can get through the likelihood of a divorce. So tell me which one of my malls to wear!

  15. I’m in love with this! But yet can not find nor feel 100% connected to choosing my mala. I felt drawn to the Harmony Mala and the Boho Stack. How can I bring these 2 together?
    by answering your questions above I want- will, strength, inspiration, confidence, peace, joy/happiness
    I want to rid myself of – anxiety,
    I do not want- negative energy, hate, frustration

    Can you help guide me? Thank You!

  16. Can mala beads be worn with other jewellery. Thankyou

  17. You plagiarized this, and added little things like Kris and sexy, in between