Welcome to Mala Beads Blog

I am indebted to Lisa Brisson of Simsbury Life Newspaper who took the photos of me that appear on this site. At the bottom of this page you will find a slideshow highlighting some of my pieces (they are captioned). If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.

I am available for home parties. I can also design pieces for your special occasions like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and proms. Please visit my website for specific information on these items and my upcoming shows: http://www.malabeadsjewelry.com/. Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What's a "mala bead"?

One of the most common questions I get asked is "what's a mala bead"? In the Buddhist tradition, mala beads are prayer beads used for meditation. Traditional malas have 108 strung beads. The number 108 is said to represent the number of days the Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree before he became enlightened.

I haven't become enlightened since I have been beading (!), but it certainly is form of relaxation for me. As a college professor who teaches courses on Stress, I know how important it is for people to find something that helps them to reduce stress. Besides, Mala is my first name so "Mala Beads" was a perfect name for my business.