108 Bead Rose Quartz and Lava Stone Mala
Traditionally made with knots between each bead - this is a 108 bead full mala.
Handcrafted, this half mala consists of:
- 100 rose quartz beads (8mm)
- 8 lava stone beads (8mm)
- 4 gold coloured spacer beads
- 1 guru bead
- 1 tower bead with a gold spacer, 1 rose quartz bead and 1 lava stone
- 1 black tassel
- 1 rose flower charm
- black nylon cording
The full mala is intended to be repeated one time during your mediation practice. From tip of the tassel to the top of the folded mala, it is 24" long.
Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love: love for oneself and love for others. It bring healing and harmony. Rose Quartz is associated with the heart and the throat chakras.
Also known as Lava Rock, it is volcanic rock, solidified from molten lava. The Lava Stone is a grounding stone (associated with the root chakra) that strengthens one's connection to Mother Earth. It gives us strength and courage, allowing stability through times of change. It provides guidance and understanding in situations where we may need to bounce back. It is a calming stone, promoting positive changes. It may also serve as an essential oil diffuser. You can add a few drops of your favourite oil or blend to the stone to enhance its benefits.
The single bead with three connections at the center base of your mala.
This is your starting and your ending point.
The Guru Bead is your teacher. It is said to hold your prayers and intentions. When using your mala for meditation, begin by holding the guru bead and setting your intention for your practice.
HOW TO USE YOUR BEADS
108 is a sacred number, and is represented in your mala with the 100 rose quartz beads and 8 lava stone beads that are above the guru bead. When taking time for reflection or meditation, begin by holding your guru bead with your right hand, between your thumb and middle finger and connecting to your breath as you set your intention or mantra. (Avoid holding the beads with your index finger as this signifies ego.) This can be anything you choose. From a single word that has a special meaning to you in that moment, a phrase that brings you the energy you require, or a symbol that ignites something in you. Once your intention is set, move your thumb and middle finger to the first bead and recite or envision your mantra or symbol. A mantra, word or phrase, may be thought, or spoken aloud. Feel the bead and turn it between the thumb and middle finger as you take a full breath. Repeat this with each of the 108 beads, reciting the same mantra, committing to the same intention and taking a deep breath. When you return to your guru bead, completing the circle, seal your intention by holding the guru bead once again for a few more breaths to end your practice. On your mala, there are counter beads that you will pass during your practice. When you come to a counter bead, use it to return to your original mantra or intention, as it is in our nature to allow the mind to wander. If you have remained focused to this point, then simply pass the counter bead, using it as a marker to know where you are in your practice.