There are many theories behind the meaning of the 108 beads. 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism. This is one theory we just had to share–
1 stands for God, the universe or your own highest truth; 0 stands for emptiness and humility in spiritual practice; and 8 stands for infinity and timelessness.
Here’s her simple how-to:
- Choose a spot and sit comfortably with your spine straight and your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths to centre and align yourself with your intention.
- If you have one, use a mantra for this practice, chanting aloud or silently.
- Hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting at the guru bead, use your thumb to count each smaller bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Do this 108 times, traveling around the mala, until you once again reach the guru bead.
- If you want to continue the meditation, instead of passing over the guru bead, simply reverse direction and begin again.