Although they are beautiful accessories—and can be worn as a piece of mindful jewelry meant to bring you a sense of peace and wellness throughout the day—mala beads are also powerful tools that have been used for thousands of years to aid in meditation and mindfulness. And when you use them to set intentions, mala beads can take your meditation and manifestation practices to an entirely new level. So how do you set intentions with your mala beads?
First, let’s start by defining what intentions are. According to Deepak Chopra, “Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening or love.” Simply put, intentions are statements we create that help guide us to think, feel and act in a way that brings our goals—our soul’s deepest desires—to life. And because intentions are even more powerful when you release them to the universe, using mala beads to set and represent intentions is a useful step toward manifesting them into existence.
When coming up with your intentions, it’s helpful to really take the time to think deeply and honestly about what it is you want to manifest, whether that’s a physical or spiritual desire, or even a particular way you want to feel. Try meditating, sitting in silence or journaling to tap into your true desires and intentions.
Once you have a clearer picture of what it is you want to bring to life, start putting your intentions into words. Make sure they’re empowering, positive affirmations that motivate and inspire you, rather than ones that might bring up any feelings of guilt, shame or negativity. Rather than saying, “I want to lose weight so I can look more physically attractive,” craft an intention such as, “I intend to nourish my body with healthy, delicious foods so that it is strong and able to support me for years to come.”
Can’t think of an intention right away? Here are a few common ones we really love:
I intend to open my heart and mind to new people and experiences.
I intend to show more compassion to myself and others.
I intend to live with a mindset of abundance, knowing that I already have everything I need.
I intend to let go of anxiety and insecurities, and channel a feeling of peace and calm.