The Stability Mala: 108 blend of natural wood and Rosewood Beads with Amethyst Healing Crystal. This Mala Bead is hand strung and hand knotted with a blend of 108 natural wooden beads and turquoise beads, a silver Guru bead, finished with a crystal healing amethyst pendant. Each of these components following an ancient tradition to aid your spiritual journey. Sacred Materials: Rosewood is widely used on Japa Mala's now due to the aroma of the rosewood that has healing properties which are said to enhance with age. Its scent is said to help nervousness and headaches and boost the immune system whilst calming the individual. Linked with the heart chakra, rosewood is a compassionate and healing feminine energy that protects from negativity. It has healing powers that are great meditation aids as it helps to realise goals. Amethyst enhances intuition, spirituality and meditation making it an excellent aid for meditation. It gives a deeper understanding of life. It removes negative energies whilst calming the mind and spirit. Great for decision making, and balancing emotions. Here is an extract from one of my favourite books to give you an understanding behind the Mala. “When you’re traveling in India — especially through holy sites and Ashrams — you see a lot of people wearing beads around their necks. You also see a lot of old photographs of naked, skinny and intimidating Yogis (or sometimes even plump, kindly and radiant Yogis) wearing beads, too. These strings of beads are called japa malas. They have been used in India for centuries to assist devout Hindus and Buddhists in staying focused during prayerful meditation. The necklace is held in one hand and fingered in a circle — one bead touched for every repetition of mantra. When the medieval Crusaders drove East for the holy wars, they witnessed worshippers praying with these japa malas, admired the technique, and brought the idea home to Europe as rosary. The traditional japa mala is strung with 108 beads. Amid the more esoteric circles of Eastern philosophers, the number 108 is held to be most auspicious, a perfect three-digit multiple of three, its components adding up to nine, which is three threes. And three, of course, is the number representing supreme balance, as anyone who has ever studied either the Holy Trinity or a simple barstool can plainly see. In any case, every japa mala has a special, extra bead — the 109th bead — which dangles outside that balanced circle of 108 like a pendant. I used to think the 109th bead was an emergency spare, like the extra button on a fancy sweater, or the youngest son in a royal family. But apparently there is an even higher purpose. When your fingers reach this marker during prayer, you are meant to pause from your absorption in meditation and thank your teachers.” Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love.