Mala beads are more than just accessories. They’re meditation tools that have been used for thousands of years. They encourage us to pause, breathe and realign with our deepest intentions. They motivate us to invest in moments of self-care and compassion. They’re our spiritual forget-me-nots, they’re also beautiful. One of the questions we get asked most, is how to choose a mala. Choosing by intention is a great way to get started, there are also many other factors you should consider when choosing a mala.
It is just as important to choose a mala that you are visually and aesthetically drawn to. The things we find beautiful are just as important in our healing as what they are meant for – whether it is art, a beautiful beach or a set of mala beads.
Here are several factors that you should be mindful of when choosing mala beads:
Things that you are attracted to are an integral part of your healing process. Whether it be a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or a gorgeous mala; stop and take a moment to observe the things you find beautiful. Develop your own personal aesthetic. Meditate on this and strive to see beauty in everything. Surrounding yourself with beautiful and uplifting things is very powerful.
What is your favourite colour? What colour of clothing do you wear most often? Which colours are you drawn to? What colour are your favourite foods and scents? Life is full of colour, and like other things on your spiritual path it has meaning. You want to choose a mala that you will use and wear often so choose a stone colour that you are drawn too and can see being a staple.
Find a mala with a shape that you connect with. Ever heard of sacred geometry? The strands of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snow flakes, pine cones, flower petals, crystals, the branching of trees, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes. Choose something that you are drawn to.
Hold the vision and trust the process. What do you want to create in your life? What are you working on? What do you truly desire? What are you struggling with? Ask yourself these questions and see if they guide to what you want to create as your intention. Once you get clear on what you want your intention to be, you will create a clear path. The process will be intensely empowering.
Each gemstone that we use in our mala beads is believed to emit its own special vibration and healing energy. Gemstones are to be worn near the chakras, which are energy centers of the body. Make sure that this energy aligns with your intention! A lot of malas will assist everyone on some level – see if you can find something that you connect with individually.
When in doubt, trust your vibes! What was the first mala you were originally drawn to? – This is most likely the perfect mala for you! The more you trust your intuition, the stronger it gets.
Choosing a mala is a combination of all of these factors – most importantly follow your intuition and follow your heart.
Get intentional + good luck! We hope you find your match.