How Prayer Beads Can Enhance Your Meditative Lifestyle

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“Walk into many a meditation or yoga studio here in Los Angeles and beyond and you’ll see a treasure-trove of malas, made from all variety of gemstones and crystals. At heart, these prayer beads are a mechanical device for counting off a set number of prayers, said John Kieschnick, religious studies department chair and a professor in Buddhist studies at Stanford University.

Technology has ushered in the era of digital rosary and mala apps, but, for many, it’s the tactile encounter with analog beads that enrich a spiritual practice.

Go figure, your iPhone isn’t always your best connection to God…”

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