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mala rose

When I decided to take my jewelry designs in a new direction, I was clear that I wanted to reach out to the millions of women and men touched by heart attack.  As survivors, our world is turned upside down for quite some time.  With or without a spiritual practice, we seek comfort from pain and anxiety.  We need to mark the day we got a second chance.  It’s a milestone, a deeply personal event, and many of us need to recreate our path.

I hesitated to begin making mala’s as they are like so many other Buddhist, Yoga and jewelry pieces on the market.  But when I read the description and definition of the beads…I knew I’d have to make a line.  It’s still being created in my mind.  But I’m excited to know that my passion for stones and heart patients will meld well together.  Synchronicity.

So, what’s the deal with these beautiful beads?

Traditionally, a mala is a strand of 108 beads that are symbolic in many ways, but literally translates to a “garland of beads, flowers or prayers”.
A focused use in meditation practices is to count prayers, mantras, or breaths. Others use them as spiritual jewelry and sometimes combine with crystal energy work.
Wearing Malas can help to signify one’s spiritual focus, awaken energy into oneself, and help to focus, center and recharge.

I’m not very spiritual you say?

Spirituality can be as simple as honoring yourself daily and being patient and loving with yourself. We are all searching for something greater than and within ourselves. Wearing a malacan be as simple as a fashion statement or as mindful as refocusing your thoughts in a positive way.

Your mantra can be anything you choose to focus on. From the classic, “Om Mani Padme Hum” pronounced {Ohm Mahnee Paymay Hoom} to any positive affirmation that provides peace & clarity to your life.

And they’ve been around for how long? Because I thought I saw Julia Roberts wearing them in “Eat, Pray Love”…

Around 800 B.C.E. since there were no clocks or smart phones in India, counting the beads allowed people to not show up late to dinner. As Buddhism began to spread into China, Korea and Japan, and Tibet the use of malas grew. The Catholic church utilized the concept of a mantra in the practice of rosaries officially in 1520, coming from the Latin name ‘rosarium’ which translates to rose garden.

What is the significance of 108 bead malas?

It’s up for discussion as to what the significance behind the number of beads that exist in malas. They can range from 16, 27, 54 or 108 beads. One theory is that the first manned space flight lasted 108 minutes by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The jury is still out on that one, maybe he had a turquoise mala up there with him, as turquoise is known to help attune those to the spiritual plane and provide protection during vision quests or astral travel.

Traditionally, the belief held in certain Buddhist traditions is that we as humans are said to have 108 afflictions or kleshas.

There are 6 senses, sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and consciousness. Yes, the movie “The Sixth Sense” might have been on to something, Bruce Willis just got a little sidetracked for Hollywood’s sake.

To each of these senses, we have reactions, positive, negative or indifference.
Let’s do some math, 6 senses x 3 reactions = 18 different feelings

To each of these feelings we are either attached, or detached.
Okay, get out your calculator, 18 feelings x 2 reactions = 26 Passions.

It gets better. Each of our passions can be manifested in the past, present or future.
The combination of all of these human attributes makes a total of 108.

Another popular held practice is to repeat a mantra 100 and the additional 8 beads are extra mantras performed to compensate for any errors. Sure, you may have made a few more than 8 mistakes today, but who’s counting?

Every stone directly reflects different energies.