Malas are my favorite tool to assist in my meditation and mindfulness practices. From beginning to end, the process of making and using malas is a rich opportunity to honor our intentions.
Because of the precious energy and intentions we put in to our malas, it is important to care for them like the sacred objects they are.
To start, I strongly suggest to avoid storing your malas by hanging them. This stresses the cord and will shorten the life of your mala. When not using or wearing them I always store my malas in little pouches or in bowls on my altar.
It is important to regularly cleanse your malas’ energy. The easiest way to do this is by burning sage or palo santo over them. I do this with my malas at least once each week, more frequently if I have been wearing a mala in a situation where there has been a lot of negative energy. I also like to cleanse/charge my malas using the sun and the moon. To cleanse your mala using the light of the sun, simply leave it in a place where the sun’s rays will shine upon it directly and leave it there for a few hours. Be aware that solar exposure is not good for all stones- Opal, Turquoise, Amethyst and others will fade under prolonged sun exposure. Moonlight is much gentler and a safer option for all stones. To charge your malas under the moon, first consider the type of energy you are wanting your mala to carry. Different phases of the moon impart different energies- read more about that here. To add a grounding, rooting element you can rest your mala in a dish of dirt or even place it in with a potted plant. Make sure it is in a place where the moonlight will touch it, perhaps in a windowsill or on your patio.
If your mala is made of seed or wood, rub a little olive oil on the beads every now and then to prevent them from drying out and cracking.
If the tassel on your mala gets dirty, wash it in lukewarm water with a gentle detergent. comb the strands and let dry. If the ends of the tassel are looking raggedy you can trim the ends with a pair of sharp scissors.
Avoid placing your malas directly onto the floor or wearing them when using the restroom.
Just remember- your mala is sacred because your precious intentions make it so. Treat your mala with respect and cherish it as you cherish your intentions.