In a fast-paced world, it’s important to take time out for yourself. Meditation is a great method for re-centering your mind, body and spirt.
Although meditation has many benefits, here are the top eight:
- Reduced stress
- Increases happiness
- Improves concentration
- Encourages a healthy lifestyle
- Increases self-awareness
- Increases acceptance
- Slows aging
- Benefits cardiovascular and immune system
The fantastic thing about meditation is that all you need is a quiet space and a few minutes of downtime. Once you’ve found the ideal spot to meditate, you may choose between a wide variety of techniques. One such technique involves mala beads.
Mala necklaces are beautiful, beaded necklaces made with natural stones. Which particular beads you choose can depend on what visually attracts or which energies the stones are known to possess. There is no wrong choice.
These necklaces, also referred to at Buddhist prayer beads, were traditionally used by Buddhist monks for prayer and meditation. Mala beads can be used to assist with meditation regardless of what religion, if any, you practice. They generally are made of 108 beads, which are meant to guide you through meditation.
When meditating using mala beads, find a quiet place to sit or stand. Next, close your eyes and recite your mantra or affirmation as you inhale and exhale deeply and deliberately. You will roll each bead between your thumb and middle or ring finger as you recite your mantra at each bead. At the end, you will have repeated it 108 times.
Have you tried using mala beads to guide your meditation? Tell us how this method worked for you!