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What Are Mala Beads?

Serenity Mala The most common question we get asked is pretty understandable and pretty basic - What are mala beads? The simplest answer is that mala beads are a strand of beads, traditionally used for counting during mantra meditations. In Sanskrit mala simply means "garland". It is a sacred tool used to aid meditation and mindfulness. Malas have been used since at least the 10th century as a meditation aid, and for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. Many people choose to use their mala in contexts outside of seated meditation. Wearing a mala as a bracelet or necklace is common. This helps keep your affirmations or intentions with you throughout the day. Whichever way you choose to use your mala, mala beads can be a representative object of your intentions or affirmations and are powerful for helping focus the mind on that which you most hope to develop through your yoga and meditation practice. Mermaid God…

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