How to Make Your Own Mala
This is a guest post by Kim LaCoste from My Happier Place. She describes herself as a kindergarten teacher, dog/golf/hockey mom, wife, gardener, beach lover, yogi, mediator, blogger, jewelry maker, lover of joy. If you get the chance head on over there! Here Kim will show you how to make your own mala.
I recently started making malas, which are used as an instrument to help the mind focus while meditating or to count mantras in sets of 108 reiterations.
While searching for one that I liked, I also began studying healing crystals. Once I put together the healing crystals and the malas, I realized….I was hooked. I pick stones for their particular healing qualities and complementary colors.
WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT MALAS
They have a guru bead in the center, which is said to represent the guru/student relationship. Also, there are 108 smaller beads around the mala. One of the theories about the 108 is that “there are 108 lines of energy that converge to form the heart chakra, with one of those lines leading to the crown chakra and self-realization” (www.healyourlife.com/the-meaning-and-history-of-mala-beads) There are 3 larger counter beads at intervals throughout the mala to help keep track of the beads when you are meditating. Lastly, there should be a knot between each bead to help manipulate the beads when you are meditating and if it were to break, all the beads wouldn’t go rolling onto the floor.
MAKING A MALA
I use natural silk thread, which is sold online and in craft stores. First, I choose a large guru bead, with or without a tassel. Then, I decide what type of healing crystal I will use for the 108 beads and also choose a complementary bead for the 3 counter beads. I pick the counter beads to complement the color and healing qualities of the 108 beads. The two other supplies needed for making malas are tweezers and super glue.
When I buy my silk thread, one side has a piece of fine wire that you use as a needle and in order to get the other end through the beads, I put crazy glue on it and let it dry. I find the halfway point on the thread and tie the guru bead and/or tassel to that point. I then add the beads to one side and then the other. It is very important to tie an overhand knot after each bead. You can Google “tie an overhand knot” and you will get easy how-to’s using the tweezers.
I put 18 beads and knots on one side of the guru bead and then I add a counter bead. Another knot after the counter bead and then 36 more beads and knots. I then add 18 beads and knots to the other side. Add counter bead and knot…add 36 beads and knots and the last counter bead and a knot. I then tie off the mala and put super glue on the knot to make sure it is secure. That is it! Beautiful mala!!
Many people wear these as jewelry because they are so beautiful. I love the meanings behind the mala and the healing qualities of the crystals/stones. A mala can do double duty as an accessory and a sacred, spiritual focal point. Please visit my Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/beadhappinessbykim and my blog, where I discuss crystals, meditation and yoga, at www.myhappierplaceblog.com.
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