My mala broke, and the significance behind why that’s OK

My mala broke last week, and to be honest I was super bummed about it. I was leaving a new barre class with a friend and it just snapped right off my neck. I bought it less than a year ago, so I was kind of sad about it…until I found out the symbolism behind why it happened.

To backtrack a little, I bought my mala for a specific reason. I needed a little peace in my life. I was experiencing so much turmoil, particularly at work, that to be honest, I was feeling myself fade into a depression. My friend had told me that malas can be so powerful when it comes to protecting yourself — your feelings and your soul. So the yogi in me thought, “why not try it?”

I browsed around and picked one that appealed to me visually. The name of the mala I chose? The Peace Mala.

Here’s the description:

“Wrap yourself in the comfort of earth’s energy and be guided by its wisdom. Carry peace within you.”

The mala is handmade with knots between each stone:

Rhyolite fortifies self-respect and feelings of self-value. It aids in the ability to visualize and meditate, stabilizes creativity and allows for new ideas to flourish. Rhyolite promotes awareness of the beauty of the earth and enhances love. It has the potential to bring abundance and wealth. Rhyolite opens the heart chakra.

Golden Tigereye brings patience, great focus and determination. It can help with fighting negative energy, whether it is illness or an outside influence. The harmony it brings is calming and helpful with meditation. Golden Tiger Eye works with the solar plexus chakra to increase personal power.

Rose Quartz opens the heart, enhances creativity and heals emotional wounds and broken hearts. It is believed to be beneficial to the heart and circulatory system and aid in relieving anxiety. Considered the crystal of unconditional love, it speaks directly to the heart chakra.

Malas carry a lot of intention, and that power continues all the way until the end.

Our malas become our safety net; our tiny piece of serenity. Do you ever notice how much you touch your mala in a day? It becomes a habit, something that is always there for you, helping you through your day, providing comforting and calming energy. With malas though, no matter how well they are made, it is not a question of if they will break – the question is when.

There is beautiful symbolism behind why a mala breaks and hopefully it will bring you some comfort and confidence in letting go and moving on.

A broken mala is meant to symbolize a broken karmic cycle – meaning you don’t ‘need’ that mala anymore. It’s a sign to bring new intentions into your life as your current ones no longer serve you. It is meant to teach us the valuable lesson of non-attachment.

In India, they say when a mala breaks, you are not supposed to fix it. You are supposed to gather its broken pieces and place the beads on your altar or throw them in the Ganges River. It is time to move on and let them go because you have learned something or made a breakthrough. New lessons are ready to come your way in this university of life. It’s time to connect with, and choose a new mala, new intentions.”

This spoke so deeply to me because I recently decided to take a step back from the turmoil that was enveloping my life. A lot has happened this year — mostly good things. I’m starting a new professional journey in just two weeks time…and though I’m definitely nervous for change, I’m even more excited. Because I know I made the right decision.

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