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Step-by-step Guide to Meditating with a Mala
Just six minutes a day of meditation using a mala will transform your brain for the better. Meditating with the mala requires no prior knowledge of traditions, prayers or rituals. It can be done using a number of simple steps:
- Find a clear place to sit and about 10-15 minutes of interrupted time. Take a few deep breaths to center and align yourself with your intention.
- Choose a mantra for your meditation practice. A mentra is a word or a sentence that is repeated during meditation.
- Start with the mala in your left hand, with your index and middle finger grasping the large golden bead (known as the Guru Bead).
- Move the beads through your fingertips one-by-one, breathing slowly with each movement.
- With each new bead repeat your chosen mantra.
- Do this 108 times, travelling around the mala, until you reach the guru bead once again. This tells you that you have completed a full cycle.
- If you want to continue your meditation, instead of passing over the guru bead, simply reverse direction and begin again.
5 Reasons You Should Meditate With a Mala - NOT including Spiritual Development
We’ve all heard about the spiritual benefits of meditating with a mala (that’s probably why you’re reading this). But what’s less known is the ability of mala meditation to improve your brain – giving you new powers of memory and concentration and making your brain physically younger! Here’s five reasons (aside from spirituality) why you should be meditating with a mala:
1. The feeling of the stones reduces stress and anxiety
Have you ever felt super stressed and anxious over some minor problem, but touching something smooth and cold helped you relax?
There’s actually a scientific reason for this. Our skin is filled with nerve endings which are sensitive to a range of stimuli including temperature and texture. When the skin comes into contact with a cool and smooth surface, these nerve endings are stimulated, sending signals to the brain that can trigger a relaxation response. This response may be mediated by the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins, which are known to have a calming effect on the body.
As a result of this, scientific studies have found that people who meditate with malas show lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increased levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, which relieves stress and anxiety and ‘unlocks’ the innate potential of the brain.
Stress and anxiety are the single two biggest single roadblocks which prevent our brain from accessing its full potential, so calming your mind through mala meditation unlocks your innate powers of memory and concentration.
2. Meditating with a mala physically transforms your brain
Mala meditation is literally a ‘gym for the mind’. When you meditate with a mala, you are training your brain’s ability to focus on a single object. Just 6 minutes of training focus everyday has been shown to lead to a significant increase in attention and concentration when we go about the rest of the day, and dramatically reduce distractibility.
But that’s not all! Just 6 minutes of mala meditation a day over time has been shown to increase grey matter density in certain areas of the brain, improved connectivity between brain regions, and increased production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. The result of all this is that your brain will physically transform to become younger and more powerful.
That’s why Buddhist monks like Mingyur Rinpoche (pictured) stunned scienticists who scanned their brains. For example, brain scans showed that Mingyur Rinpoche, who was 41 at the time of the brain scan, actually had the brain of a 33 year old!
3. Meditating with a mala improves your quality of sleep
Winding yourself down in the evening and getting good sleep can feel like a full-time job (if you have a tiny human who needs to get to bed, it’s ten times harder). Meditation is the key to fixing this once and fall all.
Meditating with a Lapis Lazuli mala improves your quality of sleep. The relaxation response induced by meditating with a mala helps regulate the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Not only that, meditating with a mala helps reduce sleep latency (the amount of time it takes to fall asleep).
Studies have found that meditating for just six minutes prior to bedtime will reduce sleep latency by up to 30%. This means you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed in the morning. This is , which is absolutely critical to our brains abilities to form new memories and process and store information during the day
4. Meditating with a Lapis Lazuli mala naturally reduces inflammation
Have you ever noticed how stress can make you feel older than you really are? It’s not just in your head – chronic stress can actually accelerate the aging process, including the aging of your brain. But there’s good news: regular meditation has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which in turn can help keep your brain young and healthy.
Research has shown that chronic inflammation can damage your body’s tissues and organs, including your brain. This can lead to a host of age-related conditions, such as memory loss and cognitive decline. But meditation has been shown to reduce inflammation by lowering levels of stress hormones in the body.
Medtating with a mala naturally reduces inflammation in the body because it reduces the release of stress hormones and reduces the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the body (which are responsible for triggering the body’s inflammatory response).
Reducing inflammation not only slows down cognitive decline – it can reverse it, literally making your brain younger.
5. Meditating with a mala makes you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your emotions at times?
Do you struggle to remember things, or find it hard to focus and concentrate?
If so, 6 minutes a day of meditation with a mala may be just what you need to improve your emotional well-being.
One of the key benefits of meditating with a mala is that it helps increase your awareness of your emotions. By taking time to quiet your mind and focus on your breath, you can become more attuned to your inner emotional landscape. This can help you better understand your emotions, and even help you regulate them more effectively.
But the benefits of increased emotional awareness don’t stop there. Research has also shown that being more aware of your emotions can improve your memory. By being more in tune with your feelings, you can better encode and retrieve emotional memories, which can help you recall important events and experiences more easily.
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