How to Meditate With Malas:
To begin, clarify the intention of your practice and choose a mantra or affirmation. Sit quietly in a cross legged position, close your eyes and observe your breath. Begin to breathe deeply and bring your focus and attention onto your mantra or affirmation. Next, hang the first mala bead gently on the middle or ring finger of your right hand, extending the index finger away from the beads. The index finger represents the ego. Place your thumb on the bead just after the guru bead and begin reciting your mantra. At the end of the mantra push the mala bead away with your thumb and move onto the next bead for another round. If you wish to do another round of mantras or affirmations, do not skip over the guru bead. Instead, turn the mala around and move in the opposite direction.
About Jessica Riley-Norton
Jessica lives on Cape Cod with her two children and husband. She believes that making malas is her calling. Jessica has an education in art, and knew of the sacred power of meditating on beads since a young age, when she would say rosaries with her Grandparents. She later discovered the great benefits of meditation, through a vipassana retreat under S.N. Goenka. Yoga and meditation have been instrumental in Jessica's journey towards a healthful life full of love. She is inspired by Mother Teresa, Eckhart Tolle, Bill W., amongst others.