Here at Well TO Do, we’re all about meditation. And lately we’ve been experimenting with incorporating mala beads into our meditation practices…and our wardrobes because, let’s face it, they can be pretty stunning pieces of jewelry. So, we could not have been more delighted to connect with one of our favourite Canadian companies, Mala Collective, to get the download on mala beads, meditation and Mala Collective’s upcoming 30-Day Meditation Challenge!
Well TO Do: Please introduce Mala Collective to the Well TO DO readers.
Mala Collective: At Mala Collective, we work to bring meditation and mindfulness to a new generation. We want to make it accessible, fun, and part of our everyday lives. Working with fair trade artisans in the developing world, we create authentic mala beads and other tools and practices that empower people to live with intention. Our offerings are handmade, blessed, and a reminder to set intentions and manifest dreams. Our vision: to inspire mindful evolution!
WTD: We seem to be hearing more and more about “mala beads” these days. But can we just ask for the benefit of everyone…what exactly are mala meads?
MC: Put simply, mala beads are a collection of beads that have traditionally been used in meditation and prayer. Often referred to as prayer beads, anyone can wear these beautiful pieces, regardless of your spiritual practices or religious beliefs. We believe mala beads can be worn and used in a multitude of ways – as a reminder of an intention or something you’re seeking to manifest or to calm the mind, body and spirit. You can read more about mala beads here!
WTD: How do you pick the stones for your mala beads, in terms of meaning and what inspires the mala bead designs? What inspires the mala bead designs?
MC: When we are picking stones, we are thinking about what intentions people are looking for. What words keep coming up when talking to people? What comes up for us from time to time in terms of affirmations we use, what intentions resonate, etc. It’s a beautiful discussion to have as a team, but also is really reflective of what we hear from friends, family, from our social channels, events, and people we connect with in the community.
WTD: Mala Collective has designed so many gorgeous pieces! How should someone go about choosing their mala beads?
MC: Great question! We get this one a lot 🙂 It’s important to know that a mala represents something different to each person. It can be a tool for meditation. A reminder of an intention. A piece that inspires you. A beautiful manifestation of a feeling. Whatever it means to you, don’t judge or compare as choosing a mala is a deeply personal experience. Embrace your calling, and let it guide you in your choice. While there is no wrong way to choose your mala, we have a few questions to help you on your journey.
WTD: Can you tell us a little bit about meditation and incorporating mala beads into a meditation practice?
MC: Meditation is a means of transforming and calming the mind. Meditation encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life. Check out our video on Japa meditation and how to use your mala in your practice.
WTD: And speaking of meditation… We hear that you have a 30-day meditation challenge coming up. As longtime meditators, we couldn’t be more excited! Tell us about it.
MC: We are so excited to be hosting our very first 30-Day Meditation Challenge starting Monday October 3rd! For those participating, you will have access to 30 guided audio meditations. Each meditation is affirmation-based (I Am Strong, I Am Grounded, etc.) and led by the lovely Natalie Rousseau. It’s free to participate in and our hope is that we inspire our growing community to devote 10 minutes a day to begin or deepen their meditation practice. You can sign up for our 30-Day Meditation Challenge here! We hope you will join us!
WTD: Mala Collective is not just about mala beads. What are some of the other amazing products that WTD readers should know about?
MC: In addition to our many mala offerings, we also provide tools and practices that empower you to live with intention. From guided meditations to mala beads, to meditation shawls and altar pieces, everything we create has the intention to help you manifest the life of your dreams. Our silver necklaces, mala beads, and wooden carvings are handmade by artisans in Bali. We use only the finest sacred and sustainable materials for our mala beads — from sandalwood to rudraksha seeds. Our meditation shawls are consciously made in India using natural fibres such as wool and cotton. We hope our pieces help you find a calmer mind, body and spirit. Oh – and we have candles, too!
WTD: What’s next for Mala Collective?
MC: We’re going to continue creating beautiful pieces that are both authentic and accessible — allowing people to bring intentional living and mindfulness into their day to day. We want to be a part of the full evolution of someone setting their intention, living it, and releasing it— and then starting the cycle all over again. It’s a very personal journey to go through this evolution, and we’re honored to be a part of it for so many people. With that in mind, we will continue to work with artisans in the development world to bring their traditions to life for us in the West, while providing education and a community of support in the process.
WTD: What’s exciting you most right now about the Canadian wellness scene?
MC: It really comes down to connection. It’s something everyone is craving and searching for. We all want a space to be held for us to be vulnerable and talk about what really matters. We want to talk about living mindfully, what it means to us, how we practice this. Not only that, we are curious about what everyone else is doing — what’s their meditation practice, does their mind wander when they sit in meditation, do they practice every day, does it make a difference for them? As the wellness scene grows, so does that space for people to connect with others on a real and vulnerable level. Our comparison turns into connection. And the more connected we are with ourselves and others, the more fulfilled we are as humans. That’s what’s truly exciting about the evolution of wellness and mindfulness.
To shop Mala Collective’s amazing collection and to sign-up for the 30-Day Meditate Challenge, click here.
Photo Credit: Mala Collective