Becoming a mother has taught me more about myself than any other vocation in my life. Children can act as behavioral mirrors for the parent, and for the open-minded, can result in a deep examination and commitment to enhancement of the self.
For me, malas have become a great tool for that purpose. Traditionally, malas are prayer beads used to count mantras while meditating and are made of various types of beads that incorporate the sacred number 108 and include a guru bead for dedication. I use these malas for my formal meditation practice.
Sometimes, though, I need a way to set an intention for the day so that I remember what my goals are for self-improvement. I have smaller malas that I take with me and power bracelets that are always there when I have a moment such as waiting at a stoplight or even while watching television. Instead of chanting, I use the guru bead to set an intention or declare a positive affirmation and use the other beads for my breath-work. I roll the bead in my fingers through the inhalation and exhalation while focusing on the initial statement. And, since my malas are made from crystals, my sessions are made even more powerful because they become programmed with the energy of my thoughts.
When I am done, I am more relaxed and can face situations with grace. I surrender to life’s flow rather than fighting against it.
Through my daily use of malas, I am increasingly aware of my thoughts and emotions and can focus them in ways that benefit me and my entire family.
About the Author:
Elizabeth Blake is a former member of the Crystal Life Team and mother to two young children.