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Looking for the Right Mala?

sandalwoodmala.jpgHave to say these are the nicest wrist malas I’ve ever seen. Doesn’t their gorgeousness rip open your heart? You could use one to lovingly count mantras during your meditation practice. And while specific Eastern mantras are recommended for each mala, I say these sacred beads are multi-faith. If you fit your prayers to them, you’ll do fine!
This site advises you to keep your mala in a sacred place, and not strut it around town. (So the spiritually materialistic part of each one of us, the part that loves to show off our cool, spiritual stuff, must be restrained. Whaaa.) Here’s a beautiful selection of mala bags for careful, conscientious mala storage.

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posted July 26, 2007 at 7:38 am

Every day, on my way to work, I walk past a car in the parking lot that has mala beads hanging from the rearview mirror. It enlivens and strengthens me to see that because often I feel alone and different in my work environment. I wish I knew who drives that car! Whoever it is, I’m glad the person doesn’t keep her/his beads tucked away at home.

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posted July 26, 2007 at 8:09 am

Yes, I feel this too. Maybe malas should be out and about. My optometrist wears a mala on his wrist all day and doesn’t even have an official sitting meditation practice. Having it on his arm, he says, helps to keep him “mindful.” And when I wear a mala out of the house, I can pray on the subway or wherever I roam, so maybe this notion of keeping sacred objects at home, preserved like relics, should be changed by folks like us who need our “things” to keep us going. Nothing pretentious or showy about that, eh?

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Carolyn Rodgers

posted July 26, 2007 at 5:08 pm

i found the malas beautiful & i agree with the other 2 comments if i had them i woud want to show them to the world.Were do you purchase them?

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