The 'Connection' Eco MalaChant Malas
This mala is dedicated to your connection with Mother Nature and all Her divine forms, reminding you that you and Her are one in the same.
£5 from the sale of this mala will go to Buglife: The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, UK. Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. They work actively to save Britain’s rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, worms to woodlice and jumping spiders to jellyfish.’ Please go to their website www.buglife.org.uk to find out more about their incredible work.
A little about your Mala
Salwag beads (the guru and side markers): Sustainably-sourced Salwag seed beads are made from the hulled nut of the Salwag Palm tree, which grows in the Philippines.
Rudraksha Seeds: The bead of Rudraksha has Ayurvedic qualities and its bark leaves and outer shell of the beads all are used to cure various ailments like mental disorders, headache, fever, skin diseases, and also to heal the wounds. Wearing and worshipping Rudraksha is beneficial to the nervous system, it controls blood pressure, paves towards mental stability, removal of stress and helps one to retain a healthy body. These seeds are sustainably-sourced and a portion of the money spent on these go straight to support the widows of Vrindavan, India.
Banyan Seeds: Ficus Benghalensis, also known as banyan tree, is a notable tree from the area around India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is a member of the fig family and is also related to the rubber plant (ficus elastica). One of the largest trees on earth in terms of overall size, it has long been valued as a shade tree. Indoors, it is commonly grown as a bonsai plant. The banyan tree was traditionally a place for travelers and merchants to rest and sell goods. These merchants, called banias, eventually gave way to the name banyan. The banyan tree can reach up to 100 feet in height and stretch several acres in width. The trees can live long lives, forming huge winding trunks and sprouting aerial shoots. It is considered sacred in India and Pakistan because its ever-extending branches symbolise eternal life. The banyan tree also appears in a number of other spiritual and mythological contexts and can be found growing around the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Skateboard marker beads: Made by James and Stacey at SESHNOTSTIGMA, these beads are hand-crafted from, you guessed it, recycled skateboards in Yorkshire, UK! Each of their designs is created with the same passion and energy that each original skateboard was created and destroyed with. Their Etsy shop is bursting with the most unique and awesome mini pieces of art, that are a symbol of strength, endurance, solidarity and honour for all who are blessed to own a piece. ‘We want each person who wears SESH to reflect upon their own battles, however big or small these may seem to others. They need to look back to the place when they were perhaps at their weakest and remember how this time gave them the strength they possess today.’ So inspiring!
Coconut separator beads (between the recycled skateboard beads on either side): These have been upcycled from a necklace that I bought from a charity shop way back when I first started creating mala beads. I’ve held onto them for a long time, knowing that they would be useful one day.
Czech glass beads: The beautiful deep red, beads behind the neck come directly from the manufacturer in the Jablonec and Nisou area of the Czech Repulic. This area is renowned for its glass work and has been in industry for over 100 years. I wanted the red to reflect the blood connection with have with both nature and each other.
Bamboo knotting cord: The knotting cord I’ve used in this piece is made entirely from sustainably-sourced, panda-friendly bamboo cotton. I’ve used a traditional knotting technique on this piece to ensure that the knots are strong and sturdy enough for your meditation practice.
rPET Tassel: The tassel is made entirely from rPET, a fabric created entirely from recycled plastic bottles. It brings me so much joy use this material, knowing that something seemingly ‘useless’ can be turned into something beautiful, and that thousands of bottles are taken out of the ecosystem and literally re-cycled into a new one. We can find the sacred in the every day, creating beauty where there may previously have been none.