Why I Love Using Mala Beads In Meditation

“if 
the ocean 
can calm itself, 
so can you.
we 
are both 
salt water 
mixed with 
air.” 
Nayyirah Waheed

Meditation – it’s something most people know is good for us, but it’s also something that remains outside the grasp of many.

I meditate every day, twice a day, and I use a variety of techniques, but one of my favourite is to use a mala.

A mala is a string of 108 beads. They are sometimes known as prayer beads, buddha beads or rosary beads.  Maybe you wear one as jewellery – they’ve become very popular lately, and it seems that every second person has one wrapped around their wrist or hung about their neck.

When I am tired, stressed or overthinking using a mala in meditation gives my fingers something to do and occupies that busy part of my brain so that I can gently come back to a place of calm and peace. I hold each bead in my fingers one by one, and slowly travel each of the 108 beads. I might use my breath, a prayer, a mantra, a visualisation, or something more shamanic. And it transforms me. It soothes me. It heals and reconnects me.

I can’t recommend using a mala highly enough, especially if you are the type of person who usually struggles with meditation, or who has never been able to do it in a way that has been helpful for you.

I have used Mala beads in meditation now for nearly forty years. Still they teach me. Still they open new places inside me, and in my awareness and knowledge.

Even holding or wearing my Mala brings me peace.

If I am preparing to mentor students or run a retreat I will create a meditation mala specifically for my group, with each bead representing a student. I chose a different style of bead for each person, one that will be immediately recognisable to my touch. When my fingers find that bead in meditation I can tune in to my student, assess how they are going, and send them healing, energy and direction. When the course is complete I will pull the mala apart and send my students their personal bead for them to wear or as a talisman and keepsake.

My mala beads

Soon I will teach my next workshop, showing each student how to craft their own Mala. Showing their own fingers how to seek out and hold each bead. Showing them how to connect with and use their Mala for prayer, for healing, for meditation, for manifestation, for connection to self and soul and all that is.

The idea of that sharing filled my weary heart this morning, bringing me comfort and inner expansion. I finished my meditation with a deep calm and a renewed energy.

Praying the Mala is one of the most restorative practices I know, and I’m so grateful to have this in my toolkit.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own mala beads and how to use them in meditation you’re welcome to join me on Sunday, July 1 in Brisbane for my one-day Meditation and Mala Beads workshop.

I have blessed wooden and rudraksha malas, as well as an extensive range of crystal beads, pearls, ceramic beads and tassels for us to use in the workshop. You’ll be able to combine these to craft something that is deeply meaningful to you, and that will be supportive of your journey while reflecting your personal taste and energy. I’ll show you how to use them in a range of ways, and you’ll soon be able to find your own path to peace and mindfulness.

For further information or to book click here.

Biggest love and hugs to you, Nicole  xx

June Workshops and Pop Up Shop:
If you’re looking for some extra support for your spiritual journey come check out my upcoming Pop Up Shop, Channelling Night and One Day Workshops in Brisbane 29 June to July.

On Friday June 29 I’ll have a Pop Up Shop full of wonderful things, and I’ll be doing live demonstrations on how to use singing bowls, crystals and simple energy work techniques. Then on Friday night we have a shared supper and I’ll be doing a Channelling Evening with me and my guides, discussing information and techniques to help you further your own spiritual connection and personal wellbeing.

On Saturday June 30 I’ll be teaching Foundation Spiritual Practices (the things I used to develop my own psychic and intuitive skills, self-awareness and compassion), and on Sunday July 1 I’ll teach Meditation and Mala Making (this second workshop is brilliant if you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, stuck or suffering from anxiety or depression).

If you are hoping to qualify for my next Accelerated Channelling Retreat and Intensive Mentoring Program (This year’s course sold out in one day!) then attending either of these workshops will help you to get ready for that.

No matter what level you’re at I’ll have something for you on my Brisbane program. More details here!

I look forward to seeing you there!

One Small Bead to Connect Me…

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Today is the last day of my shamanic meditation retreat. Just over a month ago I chose a bead to represent each person who would attend the course. Then I began to string the beads into a Mala for meditation. A bead for each of my students, and then enough smaller beads to make a total of 108.

After the Mala was complete I prayed with it, blessed it and placed it in my crystal grid to charge up. When it was ready I began my work.

Each morning I would hold my Mala beads. As I moved each bead between my fingers I would affirm a mantra. As I got to a bead representing a student I would send them love, light and healing, tuning in to what was most needed to prepare them for our work together.

Again each evening I would meditate with my Mala. Soon I could just hold the bead and think ‘Satisha’, ‘Monique’, ‘Karen’…

This morning I prayed my Mala for the final time. The retreat ends today, and my students go back out into the world.

Symbolically, I have undone the Mala. I feel quite sad to do so – like a parent whose much-loved child is leaving home.

This week I will turn each bead into a pendant so that I can return them to the students as a gift. There is so much love and good energy invested in those beads now.

So even though they will no longer be under my direct care, they will still have a piece of my heart…