how to use your mala

Find a peaceful space where you will not be disturbed. Light a candle or burn some sage or intense. Sit comfortably in a cross legged position and turn your attention inwards.

Hold your mala in your left hand to start. Begin your meditation by rolling your thumb and finger over the first bead, after your guru bead. ( in this case your Happy Buddha ) The guru bead is not counted.

Continue counting through the 108 beads one by one, and recite your chosen mantra with each one. Continue until you reach your guru bead, then reverse the direction. Repeat this cycle as often as you need. 

why are there 108 beads ?

108 is the number of the universe. 
1 being the individual.
0 representing nothingness.
8 symbolising infinity.

what is a mantra

Your mantra can be any words or phrases that feel genuine to you and connects you to your centre. Often mantras are given to you by your guru or meditation teacher. But if you don't have one, don't worry, maybe try this one to start with.

suggested mantra 

' Om mani padme hum ' 

This ancient 6 syllabled Sanskrit mantra celebrates sending compassion out into the universe. And what could be better than that :) Enjoy.

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