Using Mala Beads for Mindful Meditation

Do you ever find your mind wandering off during meditation? You could suddenly find yourself mentally adding to your grocery list or thinking of what you could have said during an argument–or maybe you keep thinking about clearing your mind instead of actually clearing it. It happens to the best of us! So, to help, we found this video online for you.

Mala is a Sanskrit term meaning “meditation garland”, which originates from the Japa meditation practice. Mala bracelets or necklaces traditionally have 108 beads. Touching each bead can help you stay focused when repeating a mantra during meditation. The tactile sensation of the beads can help reign in your focus when it starts wandering down the breakfast cereal aisle at the store or thinking back on the plot of your latest show you’re streaming.

Consider it an easy life hack to help keep you mindfully present during the time you’ve set aside for meditation. Breathe in, breathe out, and stay focused. Remember: you don’t need to judge yourself for your errant thoughts. Instead, keep a sense of humor, observe your passing thoughts like clouds moving across the sky, and tune back into the present moment. Ah, that’s better!

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