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What is a Mala and How to "Choose" One?

What is a mala? A set of beads that are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting or mentally repeating a mantra.

What is a mantra? A sound, word or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating.

What is meditation? A practice where an individual focuses on a technique, such as focusing on a particular object (ex. candle), thought (ex. mantra) or an activity (ex. counting beads on a mala) to achieve a mentally clear and calm state. 

Why use a mala? As a meditation tool, or a simple reminder to stay present throughout your day. 

Where did malas originate? It is believed that malas were created around the same time as yoga 5,000+ years ago in ancient India. 

What is yoga? A group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices.  

Why do malas have 108 beads? 108 is believed to be a sacred & auspicious number in Eastern traditions and there are many interpretations as to why 108, but whatever the belief, the wearer gets to choose what they most connect with & that is the beauty of mindfulness-it is your own.  

How to choose a mala? You don’t choose a mala, a mala chooses you.

What does that mean?  It’s the Law of Attraction. Our thoughts manifest our reality & the majority of our thoughts stem from our subconscious; the driving force behind our feelings and actions so it’s no surprise that the energy we want &/or need from a mala is decided long before we set our eyes on a set of pretty beads. For example; If you want/need more love, you may be drawn to rose quartz. If you are seeking more abundance, you may be attracted to jade. If you are feeling you need help communicating, you may be lured towards sodalite. And the list goes on and on, but when a mala calls, listen. 

Should I set an intention when I get my mala? It is up to you whether you do or don’t, but we recommend you do. Why?  Because the stones already carry energy, but if you want to supercharge the mala you also set an intention.  

What is an intention? An aim or plan. Ask for what you want but remember…We may not always get what we want, but we always get what we need!

What happens if my mala breaks? It is believed that when a mala breaks, you had a “breakthrough”-meaning that the energy in the stones or the intention that was set has served you. 

What do I do with all the beads? We recommend saying a gratitude for the mala, then either discard them or bring them somewhere meaningful where you can recycle them back into the Universe so the energy can serve someone else in need.  And if a Five Star Hippie® mala breaks, we will happily give a discount on your next set of magic beads. 

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