Today’s blog is all about meditation, and how to meditate with your mala beads. I am so excited to write this blog, there is so much to write about! Books have been written on the subject, people do courses on it, some soul seekers dedicate their lives to it. This is just a snippet of the vast array of the universal and ancient knowledge that we have on the subject, nevertheless I hope that I can share with you some of the key concepts of meditation – and how to use your Mala Beads when you meditate, woohoo!
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- Hormonal balance
- Increased DHEA (a hormone responsible for anti-aging)
- Decreased LDL (the ‘bad’) cholesterol
- Better mental health including decreased stress, anxiety and depression
- Increased performance throughout the day
- Increased concentration
- Improved use oxygen throughout the body
How to Meditate With Your Mala Beads – a Step by Step Instruction
1. Find a quiet place. This place needs to be somewhere you feel relaxed. Some good examples are under a tree, sat on a rock, on the beach, next to a river, or even in your home.
2. Close your eyes, sit or stand, be comfortable, and be aware of your breath and your physical body.
3. Choose a chant or mantra. Remember the mantra can be anything you like. It has to be something meaningful to you, something you wish to work on. I have listed some of my favorite Sanskrit mantras for you at the end of this blog.
4. Start to slow down your breathing, relax your body, try to focus on nothing except the present moment, and your breath. If other thoughts arise pay no attention to them, just let them come and go.
5. Hold your mala beads in your left hand. Start at the guru bead. Hold the first bed between the index finger and the thumb.
6. Use your mala beads to recite the mantra. Use one bead for one repetition of the mantra. Then using the thumb, pull another bead over your index finger ready for the next recitation.
7. Continue this process with your mala until you reach the guru bead again, this will be 108 repetitions of the mantra.
8. After completing a full circuit of the mala beads, turn the mala around 180 degrees and continue as you did previously if you wish to keep meditating, except this time you will be going in reverse order. Common practice avoids passing over the “guru” bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one’s teacher. It is important that if your mala beads are used to count mantras, the mantra is remembered with sincerity, love, feeling, and concentration.
Chants and Mantras
Mantra: Om Ah Hum
Om Ah Hum
Translation/ Meaning: Om is the original vibration of the universe of which all things come from and all of which will be absorbed back into the universe. It is also a representation, a sound and a state of being that is without thought, the being of the body. Ah is the female sound, the divine Mother, and the vibration of speech. Hum is is the root vibration and the unity of sound, which represents our minds.
Om is related to the crown chakra (Sahasrara) and is the color white (purity). Ah is related to the throat chakra (visshudha) represented by the color red (love). Lastly, Hum is related to the heart chakra (Anahata), and is of the color blue (stability and eternity).
Mantra: Om Arya Sumati
Om Arya Sumati Dharma Dhara Huung
Translation: Dedication to the Buddha, and all those whom he inspires
Mantra: Aad Guray Nameh
Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guroo Dayvay Nameh
Translation: I bow to the primal Guru, I bow to the truth that has existed throughout the ages, I bow to True Wisdom, I bow to the Great Divine Wisdom
Mantra: Ganapati Om
Ganapati Om Jaya Ganapati Om
Ganapati Om Jaya Ganapati Om
Om namaste Ganapataye
Tvameva pratyaksham tattvamasi
Tvameva kevalam kartaasi
Tvameva kevalam dhartaasi
Tvameva kevalam hartaasi
Tvameva sarvam khalvidam brahmaasi
Tvam saakshad aatmaasi nityam
Translation: A prayer to Ganesha (Ganapati), who purifies and removes the obstacles of the mind. Jaya is hail or victory, Ganapati means lord of the multitudes.
You alone are the visible manifestation of Thou art That.
You alone create all this.
You alone sustain all this
You alone destroy all this.
You alone are all this. You are Brahman.
You are the eternal, evident Self.
Famous Quotes Used as Mantras
Happiness is not something that comes ready-made, it comes from your own actions – Dalai Lama
Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened – Dr. Seuss
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken – Oscar Wilde
Be the change that you wish to see in the world – Gandhi
I am worthy of being loved, even by myself
I am strong, I am able to overcome any obstacle placed before me
My heart is open, my head is held high
I am doing my best and my best is good enough
My life is great just the way it is