HOW TO USE YOUR MALA

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There are many ways you can use your danamala as a spiritual or mindfulness practice. This beginning practice is taken from Buddhist teachings as a way to practice being in the present moment. With all of my mala practices, I will use Pali terms when referring directly to Buddhist teachings along with English.

Simple Abiding in the Present Moment  

One way you can use your beads to cultivate a peaceful mind, body and spirit is to sit quietly with your beads held loosely in your dominant hand. I hang my wrist over my knee to allow the mala to hang loosely. Sit quietly as you try to cultivate a feeling of friendliness and goodwill and bring to mind a positive or uplifting phrase as a mantra. Repeat your mantra as you move the beads through your fingers, pulling each bead toward you with your thumb. When you come to the end or a focal bead, pause and reconnect with the spirit of your mantra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAMPLE MANTRAS FOR MALA PRACTICE

FROM Entitlement, Stinginess TO Gratitude:

 “I am so grateful”,   “I am so blessed”
 

FROM Resentment, Anger TO Forgiveness:

“I forgive you”,   “May I be forgiven”
 

FROM Anger, Ill will TO Loving-kindness:
“May (I, you, all beings) be happy”

 

FROM Intolerance, Judgement TO Compassion:
“May (I, you, all beings) be free from suffering”

 

ForWorld Peace: 
“May all beings be happy and at peace”

 

Coming soon...

CULTIVATING POSITIVE MENTAL STATES PRACTICE (SALLEKHA)

 

CALM ABIDING PRACTICE (SAMATHA)   

 

LOVING-KINDNESS PRACTICE (METTA BHAVANA)

WALKING WITH YOUR MALA PRACTICE  (CANKAMA)

4 HEAVENLY ABODES PRACTICE  (BRAHMA VIHARA)