Malas have been traditionally called ‘prayer beads’ and they could be found in different spiritual traditions that have any sort of meditation practice. Japa Mala for instance is an ancient Hindu practice of repetition of a mantra as a form of meditation. During meditation, the mala helps concentration with the simple sensation of the beads passing through the fingertips. Malas can found in all facets of religions and cultures throughout history, such as Buddhism, Sufism and others.
These beautiful ancient tools support your spiritual practice as powerful close reminders that bring you back to the present moment. Furthermore, Malas are also believed to shield the wearer from negativity, and regular meditation can even increase their power at that.
While the original malas were made out of various seeds and were therefor mostly similar to each other, over time, more and more malas have been created out of crystals and minerals. In this way, it was possible to harness the powerful properties of Earth’s stones into a more complex and unique purpose that could be tailored to the specific needs of the wearer. As we learn more and more about the healing properties and energies of stones, we are able to create malas that are personal, meaningful, inspirational, and in the same time beautiful.