Win A Gorgeous Mala Necklace From Precious Malas!

mala beadsI recently had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Bri Waldeck, founder of Precious Malas. I learned so much about mala beads and semi-precious stones and I’m thrilled to share our discussion with you. {Make sure to grab the Free Guide to Mala Beads on her site.}

And, Bri has offered one of her beautiful mala necklaces to one lucky winner of the At Home Om community. See the end of the post for more info about this delicious prize, and what you can do to rack up some virtual raffle tickets!

It seems like almost every modern-day yogi is sporting a mala bracelet or necklace. What is their significance and historical context?

I love hearing that people are wearing and enjoying the benefits of malas and am excited to be a part of this spiritual exploration movement.

The use of beads in prayer appears to have originated with Hindu religious practices in India, possibly around the 8th century B.C. They have since been used by other religious traditions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Isla, and Sikhism and are used differently depending on the religion.

Traditionally, there are 108 beads on a strand of mala prayer beads. There are many many reason why 108 is a power number, one of them being that it is said to represents the number of mental conditions or sinful desires that one must overcome to reach enlightenment.

A mantra or positive affirmation is said with each bead of the mala. Even just focusing on your breath per bead can be very relaxing and help bring you into the present moment. I believe you don’t need strict rules to use Mala beads, as long as its with the intention to bring greater happiness, joy, loving-kindness and serenity into the world.

What brought you to do this work?

Since a very young age, when a family friend gave me a Tiger Eye Stone when I was 4, I have always been drawn to special stones and crystals. In fact, that stone has stayed with me throughout my life and now sits on my meditation altar. When I was 14, my mother taught me how to make a necklace with some of her old beads, and I was hooked.

I have struggled with anxiety, low self worth and depression for most of my life. Meditation was the key in helping me overcome those struggles. And in particular, someone recommended mala beads to help me to quiet and focus my mind from the racing thoughts that preoccupied me.

And then it all came together when I made myself a mala necklace with semi-precious stones. It was a truly a wonderful and empowering, yet calming experience. Then I started making them for my friends and family. Precious Malas was born.

What have you found to be the benefits of a mala?

I personally have found many benefits to meditation. The more I meditated, the more I can feel my soul heal and become strong. Meditation with the malas has helped me to live in the present and enjoy the moment. I’ve found myself and my calling through meditation. Other peoples actions have less power over me. For example, if I get fingered in traffic, I used to be really upset about it. Now I have compassion for that person’s unhappiness.

The beauty of Mala Beads, is that they build in spiritual juice the more you use them. So when you wear them as a necklace or bracelet you are getting the benefits of your spiritual practice along with the unique qualities of the stones in your mala.

What are your top three stones you use and why?

It is SO hard to pick my favorites. I honestly love them all. But my top 3 would have to be Tigers Eye, Citrine, and Rainbow Obsidian.

Tiger’s Eye is known as a stone for the mind, it’s used to focus the mind bringing bring clear thinking and insight. It is both grounding and uplifting and can encourage feelings of self-worth and confidence in our own abilities. It can promote a positive attitude, assist us in accomplishing our goals and help us to recognize our own talents and abilities.

Citrine helps to promote new ideas and creativity, as well as bring joy. It’s also known as a stone of abundance and prosperity.

Rainbow Obsidian is known as a strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It stimulates growth on all levels, urging exploration of the unknown and opening new horizons. It can assist in bringing clarity to the mind and clear confusion, aiding you in knowing who you truly are.

Also, I can’t leave this one out. It’s not always a semiprecious stone or a crystal, but I love skulls!

Skulls seem to be either love or hated. I personally love them. Skulls symbolize Transformation, Rebirth, Renewal and Moving Forward. They represent an outdated time in one’s life that is coming to a close.

how to use a maleGIVEAWAY!
I asked Bri to offer a mala that would promote one’s intention around self-care, in light of the upcoming Self-Care Virtual Salon.

This mala is simply called Love. It is made with Rose Quartz and Crystal Quartz.  {Value = $108}

Crystal Quartz is a power stone, enhancing energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting. Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy. Quartz is also good for energizing other crystals near it.

Rose quartz is often called the “Love Stone.” It’s known to promote unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. Rose quartz is a stone for every type of love: self-love, family, romantic, and unconditional. This is why it is perfect for self care. You MUST love yourself to care for yourself. This will help those find or increase that love.

A few good affirmations for this mala are: I am love. I am worthy of my love. I am beautiful.

 


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