I usually have them somewhere on my body - as a bracelet, necklace, sometimes I wear ALL of my mala beads. I use these as reminders that I can always stop and take a deep breath, and find the stillness and silence that rests within.
Rolling the beads through your fingers is a physical way to direct your energy and attention. It’s a gentle reminder every few seconds to reground and refocus.
How do I use them for meditation? I use the beads as a replacement for an electronic timer. Depending on the mantra I'm using, it generally takes around 13-18 minutes to go through one round of mala beads. I often only use the breath while meditating and move to the next bead on each exhale.
The only thing I need to concentrate on is my breath. My mind is anchored on the breath or the mantra.
There are many different ways to meditate. The key is to find the right one for you.
Learn more about mantra meditation here.
Listen to my free meditations here.