Malas Handmade with Love and Peace by Laura
Thank you for visiting my soon-to-be online mala store. I am in the process of setting up a WooCommerce page, photographing malas and creating descriptions and gemstone qualities for each mala. Until I can get all of this done, below are images of some of the malas I’ve created.
Important – Some of these malas have sold, some of them were commissioned pieces, some of them are mini-malas (made with smaller beads and are a shorter length). Images of malas wrapped twice does not suggest the mala will fit over your head twice, the image is strictly to show more of the mala beads.
My malas are inspired by nature and handmade with the purest intentions of love and peace. I enjoy using my heart, hands and healing gemstones to create beautiful, unique wearable pieces of art and meditation garlands. In addition to the amazing variety of healing properties, one of the wonderful features of gemstones is that no two are alike, making malas truly original and one-of-a-kind.
My hope is for you to resonate with and be inspired by a mala.
A poem from Mala of the Heart, written by Mirabai, a female poet of renown in the 16th century
I know a cure for sadness:
Let your hands touch something that
makes your eyes
I bet there are a hundred object close by
that can do that.
beauty’s gift to us—
her power is so great she enlivens
the earth, the sky, our soul.
Gemstones in Oak Creek
Helena & Laura at Tucson Gem Show
Petey my Photo Studio Assistant
Natural Quartz Heart in Sedona Red Rock
Buddha with Handmade Mala
Gemstone in Oak Creek
Throughout the world, a sacred strand of 108 beads, called a rosary or a mala, is used for daily meditation and prayer. ‘Mala’ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland”. Malas were created in India 3000 years ago and are used by yogis and spiritual seekers to help keep their minds focused while meditating. Mantras and chants are typically repeated hundreds or even thousands of times and the mala is used so one can focus on the meaning or sound of the mantra rather than counting its repetitions. One repetition is usually said for each bead while turning the thumb clockwise around each bead. Wearing malas made with gemstones can accentuate the gemstones healing, emotional, mental and physical qualities.
The significance of 108 beads is open to interpretation. At the highest level, 108 represents the nameless supreme that is beyond worldly existence. This number symbolizes the divine and sacred connections in our arts, sciences, mathematics, philosophies, and religions. In mathematics and sciences, there are numerous references to this auspicious number. For example, 108 is a multiple of the essential numbers 2, 3, and 4 as well as a product of 1, 2, and 3. Astrologically, the nine planets multiplied by the twelve signs of the sun of the zodiac is 108. The number also represents the relationship between our planetary home, the earth, and the everlasting sun. (Mala of the Heart~108 Sacred Poems, Edited by Kate Vogt and Ravi Nathwani) Some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul, others believe enlightenment is attainable by taking only 108 breaths a day while in deep meditation. Another belief is based on our chakras, that there are 108 energy lines connecting to the heart, one of them being the path to self-realization. Some choose to recite their mantra in Sanskrit, the Sanskrit alphabet has 54 letters and each letter has a feminine aspect and a masculine aspect, totaling 108.
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