*** ABOUT YOUR MALA ***
Hand knotted mala bead made with Brown Jasper, Sunstone and a Sunstone guru bead and cotton tassel.
hangs approx 40 inches *measurements are estimated as each piece of jewelry is unique
*** ABOUT THE STONES ***
Brown Jasper: Wear or carry Brown Jasper for long periods to help keep one “down to earth,” and to alleviate stress and induce tranquility. Its cleansing effect eliminates negative energy and stabilizes the aura. It is particularly grounding as a worry stone, and may be used as a rescue stone for dissolving a sudden rush of fear, anger or panic. It is also effective for banishing nightmares or harmful thoughts. Brown Jasper is a remarkable talisman for cutting down or quitting smoking. It removes harmful toxins from the system over time, and increases the resolve needed to overcome the emotional triggers that perpetuate the behavior. Brown Jasper provides stamina and untiring perseverance in tackling huge amounts of work or ongoing projects by apportioning one’s energy. It also sustains during difficult life situations that sap one’s strength. Brown Jasper is superb for healing the physical and emotional bodies during injury, prolonged illness or hospitalization. It's Earth energies bring gradual strength and renewed vitality, while helping one to understand and endure these frustrating or painful experiences. Use Brown Jasper as a charm for all property matters, such as buying, selling or renting a home, and for success in business transactions having to do with finances and loans.
Sunstone: Sunstone is an abundance stone. It encourages independence and originality, is inspirational in revealing talents, and attracts fame and unexpected prosperity. It is an excellent "good luck" crystal for competitions.
Wear Sunstone to feel alive and enthusiastic. It increases vitality and is beneficial in starting, and maintaining, a fitness program or aerobic activity, and for occupations requiring high energy throughout the day.
As a workplace crystal, Sunstone increases your profile and brings opportunities for leadership and promotion. Place next to your computer when advertising your own business or services online.
Sunstone provides a source of strength if you are dependent on others emotionally, or have suffered the sudden loss of a partner. It helps alleviate fearfulness and stress, and protects against those who drain your energies or finances. It is also an excellent crystal for phobia sufferers to ease fear of the dark, enclosed places, or the presence of other triggers.
Worn as a ring on the receptive hand, Sunstone helps one receive what is needed and desired. On the transmitting hand, it channels multiple healings and blessings to others. Worn as a pendant, Sunstone brings the heart's wisdom into alignment with the mind's inspirations.
***WHAT IS A MALA***
Mala beads date back thousands of years. Traditionally Mala Beads are made up of 108 beads and have been used in prayer and meditation, but don't be intimidated by that. Anyone can wear Mala Beads whether you meditate or not. Many people are drawn to them for the believed healing properties of the gemstones used. Others are drawn to them because they are just beautiful pieces of jewelry.
You can wear them around your wrist, your neck, hang them at your altar, or meditate on them.
There are many different explanations for why 108 is a sacred number. Some say the number 108 represents one thing, nothing, and everything all at the same time. 1=one, 0= none, 8= infinity or all. Another is that It has been said that there are 108 energy lines connecting the heart, with one of them being directly linked to self actualization. Also 108 is a sacred number.
***HOW TO USE YOUR MALA***
If you choose to meditate on your mala, you will most likely use a mantra. A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration. It can be as simple as the word "happiness" something you are thankful for, or a sanskrit phrase such as "Om Namah Shivaya" which means “I bow to that which I am becoming”. In the context of this chant, Shiva represents the inner reality…the truest nature of ourselves.
To count your mantras, hold your mala in your hand and turn each bead with your thumb and middle finger. (The index finger is believed to represent 'ego' and is not recommended to turn the beads.)
Going all the way around your mala, you will eventually reach the guru bead — the bead that dangles from the mala. This signals a time for reflection. You can reflect on your meditation practice, give thanks to your mantra, honor your guru — or show yourself a moment of gratitude for slowing down to meditate. Never continue over the guru bead. Instead, turn around and continue in the opposite direction.
Our mala beads have 108, as that's a very traditional and sacred number. They are also hand-knotted gemstone to help aid in the practice of japa meditation.
Meditation is a practice, as is self love.
Don't meditate? No worries. Our necklaces are made with love and intention with beautiful stones that make great fashion accessories as well. :) Wear with your favorite outfit for a night out on the town :)