This mala arrived on a day of spontaneous creativity, joy and action. I was perusing the gemstore, feeling a little bit down on myself. I was having a too much pregnant kind-of-day — a mopey, dopey, dismal day — and I felt an energy blockage in my solar plexus. I didn’t feel like moving or doing anything at all. Maybe I’ll just go home and be lazy, I thought to myself.
But as soon as that thought entered my head, these striking pieces caught my eye. I had passed by this primal naga conch pendant (with exquisite notes of turquoise, red and ivory) for several weeks now, but I had never picked it up before. I moved towards it gingerly and held it in my hand. It had the most beautiful OM symbol etched into it, and I felt the most joyous rush of desire. It was the only one of its kind, and I knew it would challenge me to step out-of-the-box.
You only make malas, my superego chirped up.
Don’t get ahead of yourself.
Put that piece down and go back to the tassles.
But a rebellious note in me chimed back up that day.
No way! I huffed back. I love this piece — and I know it’ll come to life.
So I sat myself down and gazed at this piece.
Who do you want to be with? I whispered to her.
Rudraksha. She said back to me. Rudraksha.
I found the Rudraksha. But I knew this piece was different. It needed another pop. And I stumbled upon a strand of these stunning citrine beads. Tiny and delicate, yet so very powerful. I knew they would be perfect wire-wrapped in gold. Yes.
So I sat myself back down and my hands went to work. I was still in the store with others all around, so I chanted silently in my head. To Lakshmi. To Ganesha. To Surya. To myself. As I blessed each bead, I felt more powerful, more determined, more strong. The vitality flowed back into my body. And I felt this outrageous sort of joy, laughing into my belly. I was so excited to be making this, and I remembered, once again, that there are no mistakes in life. That Spirit is the ultimate trickster. And we are made to make, to give, to laugh.
A MESSAGE FROM THE MALA:
I am mini. But I am mighty. I am the light of a thousand suns. I am driven. Passionate. Powerful. Successful. Nothing can stop me. Everything feeds me. I welcome failure as fuel for growth. I am the product of hard work, vitality, and righteous action. I stand from a place of love.
s a c r e d s y m b o l s
⬩ known as “Shiva’s eye”, the all-seeing, all-knowing one
⬩ traditionally used as prayer beads for mantra and meditation
⬩ cocoons you in your own energy, helps to focus and discipline
⬩ carries the energy of mantras chanted as sacred protection
⬩ one of the most powerful manifestation crystals
⬩ transmutes and grounds all negative energies
⬩ attracts happiness, prosperity and success
⬩ sparks creativity, productivity and imagination
⬩ well-loved by artists and successful entrepreneurs
⬩ the infinite sound of all creation
⬩ symbolic of many sacred trios:
the beginning, the middle, the end;
the heaven, the earth, the underworld;
the waking, the dreaming, the dreamless
⬩ that which is beyond that which can be said
THE NUMBER NINE
⬩ a spiritual number of divine connection and inner wisdom
⬩ related to life purpose, leadership, benevolence, truth
THE NUMBER EIGHTEEN
⬩ made of 1 and 8, a highly auspicious number in the Chinese tradition
(I would know – my mama used to obsess about our house numbers!)
⬩ 18 is also the “number of life” in the Hebrew tradition, where gifts
are given in increments of eighteen for the blessings of a long life
THE CRESCENT SHAPE
⬩ symbolic of the sickle moon, the waxing moon
⬩ the new moon informs birthing and new beginnings
⬩ a perfect time to set fresh intentions for the journey ahead
Custom malas are available on my Etsy store.
Special rates for multiple orders, along with friends and family!