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My mala broke — what does it mean?

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My Mala Beads Broke MeaningI have worn my Namaste Mala almost every day for over a year. To say I love it is an understatement.

I love everything about it. The colours, intentions, the weight. And how it helps me bring consciousness into different aspects in my life.

The mala features three stones: Leopard Skin (for finding solutions), Jasper (for balance and harmony), and Agate (for inspiration and creativity).

Does it get better than that?

So you can understand how devastated I was when it broke.

A broken mala is meant to symbolize a broken cycle. You don't 'need' that mala anymore. It's a sign to bring new intentions into your life as your current ones no longer serve you.

Even though I understand and respect this notion, when it came to my mala breaking, I didn't want to believe it.

"No… That can't be right," I thought.

So I sent off my Namaste mala to be repaired — our team in Bali believes in repairing each mala once to repair the karmic cycle. And in the meantime, what did I do? I got myself another Namaste mala! Hilarious now that I look back on it.

A few weeks pass, and then my beautiful, original Namaste mala returns from Bali. I put it back on and breathed a sigh of relief. It felt so good!

But I had this nagging question hanging over me — why did it break? I couldn't shake it. That feeling was followed by an energy session where I was told I needed to be kinder to myself. And the next day, a yoga class that was centered on the notion of self love.

Not only did the energy session bring me to tears, but so did the yoga class. I laid in Savasana in the hot room, with a group of sweaty people I didn't know, clinging my mala to my chest, with tears rolling down my face.

And that's when it hit me — I didn't need to focus on problem solving. I needed love. It was overwhelming. So I peeled off my Namaste mala and turned to rose quartz — the Love Stone Bracelet and Mala. And you know what? I haven't taken them off since. That was two months ago, and I have been feeling better every day.

So, while your mala may break, don't fear.

Perhaps this means it's time for you to find a new intention. A new focus of your energies. A new direction to send your love. And have faith that it will take you to a bigger and better place.

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This article was written by Mala Collective founder and journalist Ashley Wray.

Comments on this post (5)

  • Sep 25, 2015

    I’m so glad I found this article. My beads broke recently and the break fits in with a pattern of events, uncovering’s, enlightenment’s, all connected to self care in all it’s forms and being able to speak my truth instead of remaining voiceless and not standing up for myself. I have a new set of beads will now chant with a different intention. Just a few moments ago I drew the 9 of swords tarot card and this fits perfectly to my situation. Thank you Ashley Wray for confirming what I was thinking. Om ah hung vajra guru pame hung siddhi hung

    — Amanda

  • May 12, 2015

    Hi , I had my Mala around a Budda were a put the candles , one of the candels when crazy and burned a part of the Mala , what should I do with the remaining ?

    Thank you

    — Andrea

  • Mar 05, 2015

    I also lost my japa mala. I always carry my mala when going to university and, yesterday, when I was getting off the bus, I didn’t realize it was out of my bag. I even heard someone calling me but I thought it was just my impression.. I touched my bag and felt a volume in it then I presume it was my mala bag with the beads, but when I arrived at class I opened my bag and didn’t find it!! I suddenly started sweating, got really nervous (still a bit nervous today) and nothing about the lecture made sense anymore, my classmates were talking to me and my mind was far away.. just thinking about going back to the bus stop and asking people if they saw my mala somewhere. I am to call the bus station today again to ask if they found a “little light blue bag with a rosary” in one of their buses. I also placed an announcement on the university forum on facebook, hoping that someone respond and give me positive news. Those beads mean a lot to me 1st because they are sacred, of course; 2nd it was given by someone special as a gift, spiritual gift. I don’t really know what this loss means, I’ve always been careful with my beads.. I just feel uncomfortable and I wish I can get my japa mala back.

    — Livre

  • Jan 21, 2015

    I have lost my japamala recently, and i foresaw it coming some how. I knew that it would be leaving my reality soon through vivid thoughts and images inside my head. Within days, it is gone. I consider this some kind of karmic cycle that has been cleansed. I have noticed an extreme shift in conciousness as well in my behalf. Do you believe the dissapearance of my japamala presents me with a new beggining?

    — Krishna Will

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Thank you for this information. My mala broke too and, for me, it is an integral tool as I go about changes and challenges.

    I re strung it, and it broke again. I just am wondering.

    My mala is my most valuable physical possesion.


    — Bhavani

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