Make your Own Malas

By Sheila West on March 23, 2020

You were drawn to the specific intention and colour of the stones for a reason. Additionally, when you create this mala or bracelet yourself it infuses your intention. As you string each bead, you not only connect more deeply to the present moment but you infuse the mala or bracelet with your intention. 

We encourage you to write your intention down. Keep it somewhere sacred so you can remind yourself to manifest these things that matter most to you. 

If your mala or bracelet breaks, it is said to symbolize the breaking of a cycle of suffering, a spiritual breakthrough, and a release of karma. A broken intentional piece can be seen as a positive sign of progression along one’s yogic path and an auspicious opportunity to reflect on the blessings of peace, luck, and prosperity received from the use of the beads.

Why does a Mala have 108 beads? 

Specifically when looking at the number for a Mala is a string of beads used to count mantras (Sanskrit prayers) in sets of 108 repetitions. You can use mala beads to meditate and you can wear the mala to receive its healing and spiritual powers. The practice of chanting a mantra while using mala beads is called japa meditation. 

There are lots of views as to why 108 is such an important spiritual number. In the Buddhist Yogi tradition, the 108 beads symbolize essentially two items: 

The Sanskrit alphabet has 54 characters, each with a masculine and feminine connotation (54 x 2 = 108). This symbolizes how we embody the masculine and feminine energies, and Shiva and Shakti are within us, connecting us to the entire universe. 

Even still, when we look at the Chakra system, there are many spiraling and interconnecting lines of energy within the human body. The Sushumna Nadi, a strong energy channel in our bodies growing from the tailbone all the way to the crown of the head, is said to have 108 intersections with other energy channels in the body. This is also the location where our physical and spiritual chakras converge and the center-point of our energetic system.