Aromatic Sandalwood Bracelet
Aromatic Sandalwood Bracelet
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Aromatic Sandalwood Intention Bracelet
This adjustable mala bracelet is a modified version of our Aranyani mala and is part of our Earth Collection. This particular mala is comprised of Aromatic Sandalwood, with a Sandalwood sliding bead as an adjustable clasp. This bracelet has been hand-knotted with your choice of color Nylon thread for its strength and durability, especially important when working with natural stones, as their hard edges can sometimes rub against and weaken other threads such as cotton or silk. All of our malas are hand-knotted between each bead, which protects your beads should the bracelet ever break. It also helps alleviate potential damage caused by beads rubbing against each other.
Note: this listing features only Sandalwood beads, with no accent or marker beads. While these bracelets do not contain the sacred 27 beads for counting mantras as a quarter portion of a full-size 108 bead mala, these bracelets are designed in groupings of three, and the number three is sacred in Buddhism as well. In Buddhism, the number 3 can be seen to represent the Three Jewels (the Triratna) that make up Buddhism. These are: The Buddha, The Dharma (The body of teachings that describe Buddhist doctrine and belief), and The Sangha (The group of people who follow the Buddha and his teachings). Please message me if you would like to select a secondary stone and I can create a custom listing featuring a beautiful Triratna pattern emphasizing groupings of 3, with marker beads between each set. If you are looking for a compact mala with 27 beads, a guru bead, and a tassel, please see my listings for Pocket Malas!
Note: This bracelet is available in three different lengths, with either 6mm or 8mm beads. Since these bracelets are adjustable, measurements reflect the shortest (fully closed) length of each size. Sizes are as follows:
Small - 6.25" (only available in 6mm)
Medium - 7.5" (6mm or 8mm)
Large - 8.75" (6mm) or 9" (8mm)
Please select a Thread color from the drop down menu. Additional colors may be available upon request depending on availability. Available colors include:
Please note that due to the unique, hand-knotted nature of our jewelry, sizes may vary slightly from one piece to another. Please specify bead size and bracelet length during checkout.
Natural Stone Properties
All of our malas are made with genuine high quality semi-precious stones that each carry their own special and specific energetic properties to help you attract or overcome certain feelings, thoughts and emotions. This mala's properties include:
Sandalwood is a sacred wood with a lovely aromatic scent. Grown in Asia and East India, Sandalwood was originally used at funeral ceremonies, its scent believed to the soul into the next life. The aroma — which retains its fragrance for decades — comes from the wood itself rather than the leaves or flowers. The warm soothing scent of sandalwood helps the mind to unwind and helps open the heart to love. In ancient Buddhist tradition, Sandalwood has been celebrated as the perfect meditation tool for thousands of years. It is widely believed that the sandalwood scent can stimulate sensuality, grant a sense of awareness, invoke tranquility, awaken the divine thoughts within and promote profound relaxation. Sandalwood is believed to enhance trust and self-identity. In the Ayurvedic healing tradition, it promotes energy and enthusiasm; increasing a person's self-esteem and zest for life. You can use the healing aroma of sandalwood to promote feelings of peace and serenity and also to ease various ailments of the digestive system. It subdues aggression and irritability, promotes compassion and openness and enhances meditation.
With the constant overstimulation of our minds and the stress of everyday life, it's easy to get swept up in the chaos and forget how to be present. It's so tempting to waste our mental energy agonizing over the mistakes of our past, or worrying about the implications of the future. The only way to avoid these distractions is to be.
To practice mindfulness, simply, is to practice being- truly being- in moments as they are. When we challenge ourselves to be present, it brings our mind and body into alignment, and it becomes easier to let go of worry. Bringing your focus to your breath, feeling the air as it fills your lungs, and acknowledging and appreciating your surroundings is mindfulness in its purest state. Mindfulness involves a deep connection between soul and body. By bringing these two into harmony, we can find a stillness- stillness from which we can derive peace.
What are mala beads?
Malas are necklaces that are traditionally used in a form of meditation called Japa, found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. When practicing Japa, one recites a mantra (either vocally or internally) 108 times. The number 108 holds a great amount of significance in many aspects of Buddhist culture, including the section of the Lankavatara sutra in which Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions, the 108 earthly temptations to overcome in search of Nirvana, and the 108 feelings it is believed a person can experience.
Traditional Tibetan malas have 108 beads, as well as three marker beads and a guru bead. The marker beads are not counted in the meditation, and are usually made from a different material than the others to introduce a tactile difference and assist the user in tracking their progress while meditating. The 109th stone, referred to as the guru bead, or sumeru, represents the relationship between student and teacher. Traditionally, meditations are started to the left side of the sumeru, with the beads held between the thumb and either the middle or ring finger. The index finger should be extended outwards, as it represents ego. Working clockwise, the user recites their mantra once on each bead, completing the meditation on the other side of the sumeru. It is important to note that the sumeru should not be crossed over during the course of meditation.
Note: Because each item is made to order, the time needed to prepare an order for shipping varies. We will work our best to have the item out to you as quickly as possible, but please allow up to 1-2 weeks for us to fulfill your order. If you need your item sooner, please send us a note and we will do our best to accommodate expedited orders! All of our items include tracking and ship First Class or Priority Mail (Selection available at Checkout). Once the item has been shipped, you will be sent a shipping notification with tracking information. Priority Mail packages will ship in a Small Flat Rate Box, while First Class packages will ship in a padded envelope. You should receive your item within 2-3 days (Priority) or 3-5 days (First Class).
These beads are not intended to get wet. If they are submerged in water, the organic materials, such as wood beads or seeds, may fade or change colors.
If you are interested in upgrading to a silver-plated clasp in place of the adjustable sliding bead, please leave me a note with your purchase, and follow the link below to purchase the silver clasp upgrade for $5.00! You can choose between a silver toggle clasp, silver lobster clasp, or silver hook & eye clasp: www.awareboutique.com/bracelets/clasp-upgrade/
Aranyani 108 Bead Full Size Mala: www.awareboutique.com/malas/aranyani/
If you have any requests for a custom design, visit our custom order page: www.awareboutique.com/custom-orders/
Please visit our shop for our hand-knotted malas and intention bracelets.
Intention Bracelets: www.awareboutique.com/bracelets/
108 Bead Full Size Malas: http://www.awareboutique.com/malas/?category=-Full+Malas
27 Bead Pocket Malas: http://www.awareboutique.com/malas/?category=-Pocket+Malas
Hand-Drawn Note Cards: www.awareboutique.com/cards/
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