Caring For Your Mala
Mala beads are a sacred instrument and should be treated with respect, love and kindness. They serve as a symbol the importance and sacredness of our meditation practice and as a daily reminder of our deepest intentions. They are connected to our devotions and represent our commitment to living mindfully. Mala beads are an extension of our being and just as we would take care of ourselves, we must treat them in the same manner.
Cleansing your Mala
Mala beads are believed to absorb and store energy. Because of how easily they absorb the energy of not only you, but of people, situations and places around you, we recommend cleansing your Mala from time to time to clear any negativity. Especially if you have experienced a stressful situation or encountered a negative presence. Here are a few ways you can cleanse your Mala:
- Place your Mala in the moonlight overnight to naturally recharge.
- Burn sage around your Mala to release negative energies.
- Place your Mala in a singing bowl and ring the edges to purify your Mala through sound vibrations.
- Surround your Mala with crystal quartz to absorb any negativity.
We recommend not to lend or share your Mala with others as not to transfer any energy. If this does happen you may wish to cleanse your Mala and perform an intention setting ceremony to re-calibrate your Mala with your energy and intentions.
Cleaning your Mala
It is expected for your Mala to show signs of wear with regular use and wear so you may wish to clean your Mala from time to time. You can do this by gently wiping the beads with warm water using a soft cloth and place out of sunlight to dry.
After cleaning, you can also massage the Rudraksha beads with coconut or almond oil in order to nourish them. You can use a dry soft cloth or a microfiber cloth to polish the gemstone beads.
Freshen up the tassel by wetting it and gently running a small comb through the strands while still slightly damp. If needed, you can trim the end of any stray strands. Do this while the tassel is still damp and leave out overnight to fully dry.
Maintaining your Mala
You can ensure the longevity of your Mala by observing the following tips:
- Keep your Mala in a special place in its Mala bag when not in use.
- Avoid sleeping in your Mala or wearing them in any situation where they might get pulled or caught on something and break.
- Exposure to excess water, perfume or other chemicals can damage the beads and shorten the lifespan of the thread so remove prior to showering, bathing or swimming.
- Avoid wrapping your Mala around your wrist for long periods of time, as this puts stress on the beads and will stretch the thread, shortening the life of your Mala.
- Be careful with your Mala. Gemstones are fragile and can break or chip if dropped or exposed to extreme pressures.
If your Mala breaks
A broken Mala is meant to symbolise a broken cycle. It is a sign of karmic progression and spiritual growth. Your Mala has served its purpose and you have fulfilled the intention you set for it. It is a time to reflect on your journey, the lessons you have learned and the changes you have gone through. Pay tribute to your Mala for helping you progress along your path.
While a broken Mala can be disheartening, this is an occasion to be celebrated as a new beginning rather than an unfortunate end. A broken Mala is a powerful reminder of impermanence and the importance of letting go and moving on. It is a wonderful opportunity to find a new intention to manifest, a new focus of your energies, a new direction to send your love and have faith that it will take you to a bigger and better place.