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Establishing a Mindful Practice, Japa meditation—could be the key to finally loving meditation.
You've no doubt heard about all the benefits of meditation, and how mindfulness can improve your life in every aspect—but for meditation to be effective we really need to tune into the the practice, and to do that we need to really enjoy it.
Mantras, when used during meditation help the mind to become steady and calm, using a mala to count the mantra repetition helps remain focused and tuned into the practice which can offer immense support to overcome the constant chatter of the mind.
Traditionally a mala has 108 beads plus one guru bead at the end of the mala, just above the tassle. We can decide on the number of mala rounds we will do with mantra and that determines the length of the meditation. It’s much easier and more natural than watching a clock, and also gives you a goal which helps to steady and focus the mind.
If you normally have trouble reining in a wandering mind during meditation, a mantra repeated while moving the mala provides both a mental and physical way to stay connected and present with the meditation.
Because a mantra has a beneficial and positive vibration, they offer specific help to interrupt the negative thought patterns and to connect your spiritual energy with consciousness.
How to Use Mala Beads for Japa Meditation