Authentic Meditation Mala Beads – Amethyst
Mala beads are also known as japa mala. In yogic tradition they are used in meditation practice – a full cycle of 108 repetitions (each mala contains 108 beads) is counted as you focus on a mantra or sound by sitting and using your fingers to roll over each bead silently as you focus. Ideal for both beginners to keep their mind from wandering off, as well as more practiced meditators who are wanting to sit in japa practice.
How to use – hold your mala in one hand with it draped over your fingers so that it can move easily. Place two fingers (not your index finger as this is said to represent the ego) around one of the two beads next to the guru bead or tassle, and each time you complete one breath (inhale and exhale), move your fingers to the next bead until you reach the end of the 108 bead and breath cycle.
There are several explanations as to why there are 108 beads however this number has been consistent for many centuries in various cultures. Not only is 108 an auspicious number, there are also 108 energy lines that lead to the heart chakra and it is said that 108 inhales and exhales each day will help lead to enlightenment. The mala originated in India and is said to have been used to keep track of the days – originally using rudraksha seeds whch were either laid out in rows or strung together.
Our mala beads are handmde for us in Jaipur, India.
Amethyst – one of the most famous and loved semi precious stones, amethyst represents groundedness, tranquility and calm.
It is known as one of the master crystals and is one of the very few crystals with its unique purple colour. It is a meditative and calming stone that works in the emotional, spiritual and physical planes. The metaphysical properties of amethyst are calmness, balance and peace and it is believed that the crystal’s energies can peel away thoughts that cloud judgment and clarity. This crystal got its name from the Ancient Greek word meaning ‘not intoxicated’ and some believe that its colour came from the God of wine, Dionysos, pouring his wine over a clear quartz in mourning. A member of the quartz family, amethyst occurs naturally in volcanic rock and every stone is different – you will never find two the same. In Tibet monks were believed to have trekked up the Himalayas to mine amethyst and due to the height at which it was found they referred to it as one of the eyes of God with good fortune coming to all who possessed it. In many traditions it is thought that this crystal has the power to help with insomnia and stress.
Zodiac – Virgo, Saggittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
Third Eye & Crown Chakras
Note – these are natural pieces and as such may have imperfections.