This month we will be meditating with mala beads. Traditionally, mala beads are tools we use during meditation to help keep track of the number of times we recite a chant or mantra. Some people even use them for keep track of the number of breath cycles they have completed. For these meditations, we will be using malas with 108 beads, but feel free to use shorter strands. We will also be offering different mantras to try everyday.
Find a comfortable seat for meditation and hold your mala in your first bead gently on the middle or ring finger of your right hand. To start, place your thumb on the bead next to the guru bead (the large bead at the base of the mala) then you have a choice: to recite the mantra or not. You can also use your mala to count the number of breath cycles you take. At the end of the mantra, or breath cycle, push the mala bead away with your thumb and move onto the next bead. If you want to keep going and come to the end of your string, don’t cross over the guru bead; just turn the mala around and go back the way you came.