For many a mala can simply be a physical reminder of positive intentions and for others it can be a meditation tool often used within religious practices. There is no one definition or correct meaning as to what a mala is, it is up to each individual to determine what meaning their mala holds for them.
“Mala” is a word from the Sanskrit language meaning “garland” or “meditation garland”. Mala’s have been around for thousands of years with the first mention of them being traced to 800 B.C.E.
Typically a mala is a string made of 108 beads of either wood, seeds, pearls or semi-precious / precious stones. Some mala’s have a 109th bead called the Meru bead. The Meru bead typically sits at the center of the mala, the area closest to your heart. Some believe that positive energy associated with your mala is stored here.
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