Why we Value Authenticity
At Mala Collective, our vision, mission and values are something we're very proud of. It's a check in point as we grow, make decisions, and something that keeps us all connected. We believe it's the foundation of who we are and why we're here.
Authenticity is hugely important to us: it's one of our five core values and allows us to honor truth, tradition, and growth as we look towards continually empowering people to live with intention.
A practice of daily reflection, introspection, or mindfulness will bring together the person you wish to be with the person you actually are. This is the very definition of authenticity.
Step 1: Define your core values. For example, you consider kindness and generosity to be admirable traits.
Step 2: Determine how these manifest in practical terms, in daily living. Perhaps generosity means donating a small amount each month to your favorite charity. Perhaps kindness is saying one nice thing to someone each and every day.
Step 3: Know the circumstances and situations that challenge you and determine how you can respond in a way that reflects your core values. Knowing beforehand how you wish to respond will better prepare you for the challenge.
As well as showing up authentically as individuals ourselves, each of our offerings created by our Artisans in Bali encapsulate what it means to be genuine and of undisputed origin. Below is a breakdown of how our authentic malas and necklaces are designed:
Rudraksha - We use authentic rudraksha seeds in our mala beads. They are grown inside of what looks like a blueberry on trees in South East Asia.
The rudraksha we use is five mukhis, which is the bead that represents lord Shiva, and is the most sought after seed.
Read more about rudraksha here!
Overhand Knotting - Our malas are hand knotted between each bead and gemstone. This makes the malas stronger, and gives perfect space for japa meditation.
Bonus: If your mala ever breaks, you will not loose your seeds or gemstones!
Guru Bead - This bead is believed to represent the student-guru relationship.
Start your japa meditation or chanting on the seed next to the guru.
It is believed to be disrespectful to cross over the guru bead. If you wish to do more that 108 japa, turn around and count the opposite way when you reach the guru bead.
Tassel - There are a few different meaning represented by the tassel on your mala. Here are a few that resonated with us:
- The tassel represents enlightenment.
- As the strands combine together in to one, it represents our connection to the Divine and to each other. Oneness.
- Symbolizes our prana and consciousness.
Gemstones - We also incorporate gemstones such as Turquoise, Rose Quartz and Amethyst in to our mala beads. They help bring different qualities and intentions in to each piece.
All of our mala beads are handmade in Bali, fair trade and sustainably harvested. They are also blessed and cleansed after completion. Find your prefect mala now at www.malacollective.com.