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April 10, 2023 2 min read 1 Comment

What does it mean when your mala breaks?

Before we speak generally about Mala beads breaking, I want to make sure our DharmaShop customers know that we do offer re-stringing of our malas, and if you feel your mala beads broke prematurely or were defective (handmade) we will definitely do our best to replace them for you!

That said, if mala beads break, it is generally seen as a sign that you have completed a cycle of growth and are ready to move on to the next stage in your spiritual journey. Some also believe it is a sign that you have let go of something that is no longer serving you.

If your mala breaks, it is important to take some time to reflect on what this means for you. It may be helpful to journal about your thoughts and feelings, or simply chalk it up to it serving it's time!

Once you have had some time to reflect, you can decide what to do with your broken mala. You can choose to repair it, to bury it, or to simply keep it as a reminder of your journey.

Ultimately, what happens if mala beads break is up to you. There is no right or wrong answer, and what matters most is that you honor the meaning that the mala has for you.

Here are some additional thoughts on what to do if your mala beads break:

  • If you are attached to your mala beads, you may feel sad or angry when they break. It is important to allow yourself to feel these emotions, and then to let them go.
  • You can choose to repair your mala beads if you want to keep them. However, it is important to be aware that the beads may never be the same as they were before.
  • You can also choose to bury your broken mala beads. This is a way of symbolizing the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.
  • Finally, you can simply keep your broken mala beads as a reminder of your journey. They may be a source of comfort and strength in the future.

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April 30, 2024

My mala necklace snapped as I tried to turn it around my neck – as I spoke on the phone with an individual of past events which took place over 30 years ago. On reading the reason for broken mala – it all makes sense. I was sad as I love this necklace A cycle has ended and aware I am expanding spiritually. I will offer the beads back into nature as a thank you for the experience to bring me to the point /cycle of growth. Thank you.

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