I, myself, use a sandalwood mala which I wear around my neck and a wrist mala of olive. To me there's nothing mystical about them; they are just tools for concentration and reflection that I find especially useful when I'm tired. They are completely extra canonical so don't go looking for a scriptural basis in the Tipitaka but I find them useful nonetheless. Metta.
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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