What is a Pocket Mala?
Traditional malas have 108 beads plus a guru bead (large main focal bead) and are used as a spiritual tool to help your mind focus while meditating. The “pocket mala” is a smaller version and has 27 beads with a guru bead. You journey around the pocket mala 4 times to reach the sacred number 108 of the traditional mala, but there are many other ways to use your mala.
Malas are often made with woods, seeds, crystals, and stones to help support you. There are potent energies held within them. Some have motivating and high energy. Others are calming, soothing, and grounding. Many are helpful and protective of your energy. No matter what stone you choose, all of them are intended to support you in your healing and spiritual journey.
How do I use my mala?
For the traditional method, you will begin by placing your thumb and middle finger on a bead next to the large guru bead. Then say your intention, affirmation, or mantra. Breathe (inhale then exhale) or do your specific breath work practice. This will help you focus and get in a meditative state. Then move to the next bead doing the same until you have reached the guru bead. Your mala can empower you, protect you, guide you, and be a powerful healing tool. It is a constant reminder of your truth, intention, and your commitment to your journey.
Along with meditation, you can use your mala for mantras, prayers, affirmations, or even for creating a calming breath work practice. Your intentions and affirmations can change whenever you choose, and you can release or create new ones to put into your mala. When it is time, hold your mala and simply say out loud your intention of releasing the “old” and say your “new” intentions to be placed in your mala.
When using with children, use your discretion since the materials can be a choking hazard. Malas can be used as a prayer tool. There are parents who use it with their children to say their prayers at bedtime. Another way it can be used is to help them process very strong or frustrated feelings. Often they just hold their mala and use it to breathe and calm themselves. Please use your discretion if your child can use a mala safely.
Malas are intended to help support and empower you in your healing and spiritual journey. I take great care in creating each pocket mala. Everything is handmade with Love, Intention, & Positivity. It is energetically cleansed and charged with Energy Healing.
How do I care for my mala?
Your pocket mala is hand-knotted with silk cord. Do not drop or it can damage the stones. Use a moistened cloth to gently surface clean the beads. Do not soak in water or any other liquids. Water will weaken the strength of the cord. Overuse by twisting or fidgeting with the mala beads can weaken or break the cord due to potential rough edged beads. There can be variations in the stones, including a difference in color, texture, patterns, shapes & sizes. Some can have specks, pits, or inclusions. It is a part of what makes each stone unique.
How do I cleanse and clear my mala?
Energy is everywhere and in everything. When a loved one comes to you with a problem, you can feel a certain energy they bring with them. Sometimes that energy lingers. Sometimes you absorb that energy, whether it is positive or negative. Items and things have energy too, and every so often it is a good idea to clear that energy. You can give your mala a cleanse. It will reset or neutralize the energy that has attached to it. There are several ways to cleanse your mala. You can burn sage or palo santo incense around it to smudge it. You can place the mala in the sunlight, or you can use sound vibration such as a bell, a rattle, or even use your voice to chant and break up the energy. What matters most is your intention to cleanse and clear the attached energies.
▲ DISCLAIMER ▲
Crystals are not a cure but can be used as an aid or tool. They carry specific energies that can help you in your journey although it is not a guarantee of effect. It is intended for educational & “entertainment” purposes only, not to prescribe, replace medical care, or treat medical conditions. You should always speak to a healthcare professional about your unique needs.
Thank You & Many Blessings!