Tiny Treats- Mala Prayer Necklaces
If you’ve been reading along, you’re well aware I’ve had a pretty shit summer. I’ve done a lot of thinking, refocusing and reading. One book I continue to read cover to cover, over and over again, is Gabby Bernstein’s “The Universe Has Your Back”. I felt like the universe was throwing me haymakers, so I needed a bit of reassurance. If you’re having a tough time, I cannot recommend this book enough. I’m on my third consecutive read (see also, learning to moderate your obsessions).
I’ve always been spiritual, rather than religious, always in a quiet way, believing in energy, vibes and reasons for events. When things recently got hairy for me, I thought about adorning myself in garlic and evil eye medallions to warn off any further evil, but in the interest of keeping my husband and friends around, I needed something a bit less aromatic.
The idea of a Mala necklace wasn’t new to me, but buying one with intention, rather than fashion, was new. I love the idea of wearing a subtle reminder to breathe and collect myself. Every time my hand finds its way to the beads or tassel, it’s a forced pause in my activity, even for a moment, in which I’m able to just be for a second. There is a specific way to use Mala beads through meditation, almost like a rosary, counting your way through 108 sacred beads while reciting a mantra. However, I’m a super novice meditator, having trouble staying in silence for even a minute, so the one or two seconds I take to fidget with the beads and remind myself life goes on is perfect for me. It’s the effort that counts, not perfection.
I found Mala Prayer and loved their products. Hand made by artisans and a portion of sales supporting women entrepreneurs with micro-financing. I looked through and settled on the Iona, both for its neutral white and grey colour but also the fact that Howlite is the wonder stone for healing, offering calm to upset nerves or emotions. Sign me up!
At $25, Mala Prayer necklaces are both beautiful to wear as an accessory, or as a useful tool in your meditation practice, however basic. That Girl Britt readers can enjoy a 20% discount using the code BRITTHOLTON20, making this an even more affordable little treat for yourself! After all, what mom couldn’t use a few minutes (ok, seconds) to collect her thoughts?