Mala beads, or “Meditation garlands” in the Sanskrit language, have been used for thousands of years as a tool to maintain or enhance meditation practice.
Holding onto mala beads during your practice helps provide continuous focus when the mind is distracted.
Mala beads are usually strung using 108 beads, a larger guru bead and a tassel.
The practice of Japa meditation involves the chanting of a mantra or affirmation, silently or out loud, as you move through a string of 108 beads.
The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words, manas (mind) and tra (tool) and is a sacred word or phrase believed to have spiritual power.
Over time, the energy of the mantra is received into your consciousness and unfolds in your life in the form of Shakti.
Shakti is the power and feeling you have when your heart is open and pure. This carries us into a deeper state of awareness and spiritual enlightenment.
An affirmation is a positive statement which succinctly describes how you wish to be in the current moment.
If you believe in what you “think” or “affirm” it is said these thoughts will eventually become a reality in your life.