Prayer is an important practice that helps you articulate your desires to the divine. By expressing yourself and taking the name of the Supreme Power, you confide in him your fears thereby surrendering yourself to the invincible infinite force that governs one and all.
Many people opt for different ways to pray. A japa mala is a sacred tool that helps you by making your prayers more effective. It helps you focus on what you want to communicate to the divine and thereby establishes unshakable faith in his powers.
Usually a japa mala consists of 108 beads. The last bead that makes the japa complete is called the meru.
Use your thumb and middle finger to move to the next bead.
After completing one round of chanting, turn the mala around so that you do not cross the meru while beginning the next circle.
Keep your eyes closed and chant the mantra within your mind. Do not whisper or chant it aloud.
Japa mala will help you remain more focussed and dedicated while praying. Thus it will prevent your thoughts from going wayward.