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DAILY SMILE | SELF-LOVE MALA
I absolutely adore, cherish, and swoon over my Mala Collective Self-Love Mala.
I love the meaning behind it:
The Self Love Mala features the stone of universal love. Rose Quartz is known for its ability to open the heart chakra to different types of love, from platonic, to romantic, and even self love.
I love the pretty pinkiness of it:
Rose Quartz: Serve to open the heart, enhances creativity, and heals emotional wounds, broken hearts. Considered the love stone, beneficial to circulatory system and aids in relieving anxiety.
I love the weight of it. I love the light tinkling the mala beads make when I put it away after wearing it. I love that even though I wear it as an accessory (truth be told), I am lifted by its purpose:
A mala is a set of beads that has traditionally been used in prayer and meditation. It can be worn by anyone seeking a calmer mind, body, and spirit.
I love where the mala is made:
Made in Bali by Aum Rudraksha Designs, where the Mala Collective provides fair trade jobs. As well, proceeds support the high priests of Bali, and Bumi Sehat — a birthing and wellness centre in Ubud, Indonesia.
I love that my mala is made from seeds, because seeds are little kernels of life:
They are made from rudraksha seeds that grow on trees in South East Asia inside a blueberry-like fruit. They are sustainably harvested and fairly traded.
I love that there are 108 beads on my self-love mala:
The number 108 is significant…Some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul, while some associate the possibility of enlightenment with taking only 108 breaths a day, while in deep meditation.
I love that when I am feeling restless, annoyed, judgmental, overwhelmed, bitchy, or deflated, I can run my fingertips around my textured mala beads and smooth quartz, and then I feel calmer, safer, and present.
* If “love” is not your preferred intention, there are also malas that represent: Strength/Clarity, Dispel Fears/Anxiety, Follow Dreams, Inspiration/Creativity, Comfort/Balance/Harmony, Inner Peace, Self Observation, Align Chakras.
* If pinky rose quartz is not your happy place, they also have: agate, amazonian, amethyst, carnelian, chakra, chrysocolla, fire agate, gold, green or red aventurine, jasper, lava, “leopard skin” stone, moss agate, obsidian, onyx, pearl, quartz crystal, rudrani, serpentine, silver, smoky quartz, turquoise, unakite.