Lotus Seed Mala
Malas are sometimes used for meditation, particularly in tracking the chanting of a mantra 108 times. Why 108? 108 is a particularly significant number from ancient religions to the television program, LOST. When the digits are added together, the resulting 9 represents the creator god Brahma in Hinduism. If you multiply the diameters of the sun or the moon and multiply them by 108, you roughly get their distance from the earth. In the ancient Sanskrit language, there are 54 letters and each letter has a male and a female, making a total of 108 letters. Even Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter. And this is just the beginning.
The lotus itself has powerful symbolism. The beautiful lotus flower grows in muddy water, so the lotus represents spiritual growth and overcoming adversity.
As far as mantras, there are countless Sanskrit mantras that are thought to create healing vibrations in your body. But if you are a beginner, you can start with what is meaningful to you, such as “Be present”, “God take my hand”, or “Go with the flow” or whatever you need at the time.