Today, my mala prayer bracelet broke when Dragon Lily (my cat) decided to chew on it. This is very special to me because it was blessed by Amma over a year ago and I say my mantra 108 times each night before going to bed.
You are probably wondering what a mala prayer bracelet is and how it is used. Well for Buddhist it is used during meditation to keep one centered. Mala simply means garland or rosary and the bracelet is normally made of wood beads from a sandalwood tree and it has 27 beads on it. So using it allows me to keep focused on the meaning of the mantra instead of worrying about counting.
When I say my mantra, it helps me stay calm and relieves my stress. This particular bracelet I’ve worn all over the world including my trip to Japan last year and more recently when I went sailing on the Pacific Ocean for 10 days.
I know things don’t last forever, but I kind of feel out of balance without it so I think I will find a place to restring it for me. After all, it’s not every day you great something like this blessed by Amma.
Do any of you pray, say a mantra or meditate on a regular basis?