A mala is a strand of beads (traditionally 108) used to keep count during meditation. Mala beads have been used for thousands of years and can be used for meditation, work as a necklace, or wrapped around your wrist several times.
Most importantly, it is a tool focusing our awareness and concentration during your spiritual practice, meditation, prayer or reflection. Also, if you wear your mala throughout the day, it serves as a constant reminder of your intentions.
With use, particularly if you have set it with your intention, the mala becomes infused with your personal energy. The more you meditate and use your mala, the stronger the bond will become between you and your beads.
Wrist malas, or bracelets, are a great alternative to long malas. They are easy to wear, are beautiful, and you can use them for your practice or as a reminder no matter where you are.
-Modified from Modern Om