More than just jewelry, malas are a powerful tool for meditation. We don’t believe you need to be religious or have a spiritual practice to wear mala beads—you can simply wear them as a reminder of personal intention you’ve set, or when seeking a calmer mind, body, and spirit.
Whether you’re looking for your first mala or you want to deepen your relationship to your existing piece, below you’ll find some of our favorite bits of mala wisdom.
It’s important to know that a mala represents something different to each person. It can be a tool for meditation, a reminder of an intention, a piece that inspires you, or a beautiful manifestation of a feeling. Whatever it means to you, stay open-minded and don’t judge or compare. Embrace your calling, and let it guide you in your choice. While there is no wrong way to choose your mala, we have a few questions to help you on your journey.
WHAT ARE YOU DRAWN TO?
We often tell people, “the mala that you’re drawn to first is the one you’re meant to have.” It truly can be that simple. Don’t resist the ease. Embrace it. Allow yourself to surrender and be led by your heart.
WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO MANIFEST?
All of our mala beads carry their own intention. When searching for your perfect beads, we recommend you ask “What is my intention? What am I trying to manifest? Am I looking to cultivate more love in my life? More abundance? More strength?” Use the answers to gently fuel your decision.
WILL YOU BE MEDITATING, MANIFESTING, OR BOTH?
Will you use the beads for meditation? Or do you simply want a daily reminder of your intentions?
How to Use Your Mala Beads
Mala beads are important mediums for peace and enlightenment. Traditionally, the beads have been used in prayer and meditation. If you choose to meditate on your mala, you will most likely use a mantra. A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration. It can be as simple as the word “love,” something you are thankful for, or a sanskrit phrase such as “om shanti, shanti, shanti” which represents all encompassing peace.
To count your mantras hold your mala in your hand and turn each bead with your thumb and middle finger. The index finger is believed to represent “ego” and is not recommended to turn the beads. Going all the way around your mala, you will eventually reach the guru bead—the bead that dangles from the mala. This signals a time for reflection. You can reflect on your meditation practice, give thanks to your mantra, honor your guru, or show yourself a moment of gratitude for slowing down to meditate. Never continue over the guru bead. Instead, turn around and continue in the opposite direction.
It’s widely believed that when one uses a mala for meditation, and make it all the way around, they will have found enlightenment. If you choose to meditate on your mala, be patient and kind to yourself. Your mind will surely wander. The practice of bringing your attention back to your mantra and your beads is the practice of mindfulness. Do so with kindness and without judgement.
Your mala beads are believed to protect, guide, and serve you as a constant reminder of the divinity that is within you. Activating your mala is a beautiful way to connect the beads to your energy and intention. Below is an example of a small ceremony you can perform to set the intention and energy for your new mala beads.
INTENTION SETTING CEREMONY
Create a quiet space and find in a comfortable seated posture. Light a candle or your favorite incense. If you wish to wash your mala first you can do so in pure water with flowers. Close your eyes and start to lengthen your breath. Breathe. With a clear and calm mind state your intention to the beads, moving each bead through your fingers. (Note: We recommend avoiding the use of your pointer finger, as it represents ego.)
Visualize yourself finding peace of mind and inner calmness. A traditional mantra for activating and sealing in the energy in your new rudraksha mala is “Om Hrim Namah Shivaya Om.” repeat this mantra at least three times. Sit for at least five minutes to seal the energetic bond.
CLEANSING YOUR MALA
Once you have activated your mala beads, you may want to cleanse and clean them from time to time. The beads are believed to absorb and store energy, therefore depending on your preference, you may wish to cleanse your mala beads from time to time. We recommend that you do not lend or share your malas with others as not to transfer any energy. If this does happen, you may wish to cleanse your mala. There are a few different ways you can choose to do this—here are some of our favorite ways to cleanse ours:
KEEPING YOUR MALA CLEAN
With regular use you may also wish to clean your mala from time to time. You can do this by placing the mala in warm water (depending on material). You can also add a mild soap if you wish. Soak the beads for some time (some suggest leaving it overnight). Use a delicate brush to scrub the beads. Leave to fully dry. After cleaning, you can also brush your mala with coconut or sandalwood oil. Oiling will make the beads strong and they won’t dry out. If your mala is well loved you may also want to freshen up the tassel. One way to do this is by wetting the tassel and gently running a small comb through the strands.
THE KARMIC CYCLE OF A BROKEN MALA
A broken mala is meant to symbolize a broken cycle, i.e. that you no longer ‘need’ that mala anymore. It’s a sign to bring new intentions into your life as your current ones no longer serve you. While a broken mala can be saddening, it’s also a beautiful opportunity to reflect and ask yourself what new intention you’re looking for, and what you would like to manifest. Maybe it’s time to send your love in a new direction and have faith that it will take you to a bigger and better place?
Here at Cole Kamp Creations, we love hearing feedback about our mala beads, and it makes us happy that our products are helping people live more joyous, authentic, and spiritual lives.
Breathe and savor this journey—it’s already a beautiful ride.
I'm a firm believer that a person's intention should reflect the mala they use in their daily practice. In order to achieve this each custom Mala will come with a session of your choosing— virtual, phone call, or through messaging— in which we will discuss your own healing needs. This is a fun and rewarding process to help unlock spiritual needs, desires, and to create the perfect Mala of your dreams.
Example of questions:
Tell me a little about you or the person that you are intending to give the mala.
What areas in your life do you wish to improve?
What are you manifesting at this moment?
What colors are you drawn to?
What are you trying to overcome or reignite from the past?
Before departing my sacred space, your Mala will be cleansed with either Palo Santo, Sage, Sunshine, Moonlight and/or reiki. If you have a preference or do not wish for this ceremony to take place, please notate in the comments. In addition, your Mala will come with a mantra suited for your personal healing or manifesting journey.
Price to be determined by components and gemstones used, as well as the quality you choose.
Please note: once stones, beads, and supplies have been purchased/ordered for the custom order, I am not able to refund at that point. I will be sure to receive your approval before reaching this point.
(The fine print: Malas will be paid in 2 deposits- one initially and one before mailing out. Initial deposit of $100 is non-refundable. Items will be subject to tax and shipping.
Each Mala will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.)
My Promise to you is that your mala is 100% one of a kind, high quality and has a lifetime guarantee. I stand behind my products and with care— Keep in mind It is normal with wear that eventually a Mala could break. But have no Fear! This is GOOD FORTUNE and I will gladly restring it for you.
Please keep in mind this is delicate jewelry. Do not bathe while wearing, or store in humid or damp areas.
I look forward to creating together.