SACRED CREATING : MALAS
I started making Mala necklaces as a way to practice Dharana, concentration of the mind, because mine has a tendency to run amok! In yoga, Dharana is the sixth of the 8 limbs of yoga as outlined in the Yoga Sutras. This is the "binding of consciousness to a spot". The aim of this limb is to bring the wandering mind to the same thought again and again by limiting its area of focus. Over the last few months my partner Chris has joined this practice and we have begun a creative cycle together, our hope is to share this practice with others.
In Yoga Sutra 1.2 we practice: "Yogas citta vrtti nirodhah": Yoga allows us to practice of the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind-stuff. Rest assured, I have a lot of "fluctuations of the mind-stuff". I found that the practice of creating malas, with the intention of creating something for another, allows me to serve my greatest purpose of contributing to the greater good, versus spiraling into the whirlpool of my mind.
This is a creative offering in service to my personal Dharma, my purpose in life:
to create a sustainable community in reverence to the Earth, Creation
and in service of the Greater Good.
~Em and Chris
What is a Mala?
The Mala is a symbolic tool used in meditation to allow the practitioner to tap In with concentrated, intentional awareness. Typically used with a specific mantra or prayer, repeated 108 times, the Mala is a part of our medicine bag, to keep us connected with our highest truth, to integrate the Divine into the mundane parts of daily life. The thread is the Spirit, activated by breath, the life force energy that connects us all. Each bead a representation of moments along the journey, all divinely orchestrated to create our Uniquely Synchronistic Life.
Mala Workshops and Custom Orders
We are always honored and open to create a custom piece for your, or as a gift. For more information, please inquire.