Nandy Jones is a Park City artist who creates one of a kind jewelry inspired by Eastern religion and philosophy. Her jewelry is hand made from precious metals and a variety of semi-precious and precious stones. All proceeds from the ‘108’ collection by Jones are used to further global humanitarian efforts, bring greater quality of life, happiness, and loving-kindness into the world.
What is a Mala?
Traditionally, there are 108 beads on a strand of Buddhist mala prayer beads. The number ‘1’ stands for God, the universe or your own highest truth. ‘0’ stands for emptiness and humility in spiritual practice, and ‘8’ stands for infinity and timelessness. This number is also significant in Buddhism because it represents the number of mental conditions or sinful desires that one must overcome to reach enlightenment or nirvana.
Although the structure of mala beads may vary among individuals or groups of Buddhists, the overall purpose of all mala beads is to create a sense of tranquility and inner-peace for not only the individual, but for the community as a whole.
Choose your mala with care as each gemstone is said to have different properties, energies, and meaning. In reciting your prayer or mantra, negative feelings and energies will leave you and a sense of peace will enter, bringing you closer to nirvana. Your mala will be the source of blessings in your life.