When you buy a Mala, there are several ways of selecting the right one for you. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice:
1) Let yourself be drawn in by the colours, textures and symbols. When you look at at a Mala, which colour catches your eye? It’s important to not think about your usual favourite colours or the clothing colours you have a tendency to wear; simply concentrate on which Mala calls to you. When you look at the Mala as a whole with its differently textured beads and its pendant, what speaks to you the most? What resonates with the essence of your being?
2) Choose the right Mala for you by considering the meaning of its beads, so that you can benefit from their attributes. Here are a few examples:
HOWLITE is a stone that helps one prepare to receive wisdom and be in tune with the Higher Self and the Divine. It can be used to stimulate and balance the chakras. Howlite takes permanent color enhancement well, so it is often colored to resemble other stones or with bright, intriguing hues.
*** The more you wear colored howlite, the more it develops a vintage look, so its colour may change slightly.
RUDRAKSHA beads are used to heal the body’s various chakras. They unlock blocked chakras, curing the body and mind. Rudraksha beads provide great composure, concentration and spiritual uplifting, which is why they have long been used by sages and yogis for prayer, as well as meditation routines.
- Root Chakra
RED CORAL, a stone for the Root Chakra, is known as a protective stone. It strengthens vitality, helps one live in harmony with the universe, and encourages practical thinking. It also helps balance the material and spiritual aspects of one's life. Red coral can protect against depression, improve your blood, treat colic and heartburn, and stimulate metabolism and toxin removal. *** The natural imperfections of the red coral are part of its charm and beauty.
- Sacral Chakra
MOONSTONE can be used for both opening and soothing the sacral chakra. It helps balance the emotional body, especially aggressive tendencies. Working with the Sacral, moonstone enhances one's emotional vision, offering greater creative abilities and freedom of expression. Physically, Moonstone can promote conception by aiding all aspects of the reproductive system. Many women like Moonstone for its ability to balance hormonal and menstrual cycles.
- Solar Plexus Chakra
TIGER EYE is warm and radiant, synthesizing the frequencies of the Sun and Earth, offering stability and awareness while combining the spiritual and physical realms. It teaches balance between extremes, moving one away from duality—right and wrong, good and bad, dark and light—and provides an understanding of the underlying unity behind apparent opposites. It encourages practical and compassionate reasoning, and helps one to reflect spirit through one’s actions.
- Heart Chakra
The fair and lovely ROSE QUARTZ, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a crystal of unconditional love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the heart chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentment, and circulates a divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. It provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, allowing one to truly give and receive love from others.
- Throat Chakra
BLUE AGATE can help people reach higher spiritual planes and be more in tune with themselves. It is calming to the mind and helps sooth emotions. Blue agate favours communication, patience, and kindness. It helps to remove blockages from the nervous system and capillaries, can ease a sore throat, and also take away the hoarseness associated with your voice. It also helps to ease tension associated with headaches. Blue Agate will help to open the throat chakra on many levels of communication.
AQUAMARINE evokes the purity of crystalline waters, and the exhilaration and relaxation of the sea. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust and letting go. Aquamarine protects all who travel by, over, or near water, and opens the channels of clear and heartfelt communication. Associated with the throat chakra, aquamarine helps overcome the fear of speaking.
- Third Eye Chakra
LAPIS LAZULI is a sixth chakra crystal and is usually placed on the third eye. In general, the sixth chakra relates to inner wisdom, intuition, psychic abilities, and the relationship between the left and right sides of the brain. The light blue crystals frequently relate to our communication with others. The dark blue stones represent our communication with our inner selves. They help us clear out old mental beliefs and patterns so we can see our inner light.
- Crown Chakra
Associated with the crown chakra, CLEAR QUARTZ is known as the "master healer" and amplifies energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. It draws off negative energy of all kinds, neutralizing background radiation, including electromagnetic smog and petrochemical emissions. It balances and revitalizes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes. It cleanses and enhances the organs, and acts as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the mind. Clear quartz enhances psychic abilities, aids concentration, and unlocks memory. It also harmonizes the chakras and aligns the subtle bodies, stimulates the immune system, and balances the body.
AMETHYST is a meditative and calming stone which works on the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. Amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers. Amethyst is not only a psychic protection stone, but it also protects from thieves. It also protects travelers. It is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength, and has been used to help get rid of addictions to alcohol, drugs, smoking, and other destructive compulsive behaviours.