A mala (Sanskrit:माला; mālā, meaning garland) is a string of prayer beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists for the spiritual practice known as japa – the meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name. A mala is usually made from 108 beads with the 109th one holding the circle together. The 109th bead is a pause of silence, gratitude, and acknowledgment before continuing the journey onward. There exists a term for a pause of great meaning in philosophies, theologies, and disciplines in all walks of life. And in many cases, this pause is part of a ceremony or habit wherein practitioners engage in this pause with regularity. This is what 109 is built from. Taking time to pause, in some way, every day – to quiet the mind, to acknowledge those who come before, who stand with us, and who will come after us – and most of all to be grateful for all the potential we carry within.
109 mala bead
We share a passion for impacting the lives of those around us. Sometimes that means speaking up and other times that means stepping aside to create space for other voices. We recognize that we don’t have all the answers, and we are committed to showing up and learning from others.
We know that change doesn’t happen overnight. How we do our work and how we collaborate with others is just as important as what we’re seeking to accomplish.
We roll up our sleeves, work hard, and focus on what we’re giving back to our communities — rather than what we are gaining ourselves. When we find success, we remember and support those who are just beginning to take risks and make a difference.
We have a fearless mindset. We’re not afraid of taking risks, sharing a new idea, meeting new people, or admitting when we just don’t know the answer. Something great might come out of it.
We’re a small but mighty global team that work together and support one another. We’re invested in the success of others, we treat each other with respect and kindness, and we will work diligently to lift each other up.
We are where we are supposed to be
It can be so easy to get caught up in thinking about what we haven’t accomplished yet and to focus on where we wish we were. We allow our mind and aspirations to rise to greater heights, but always remembering that we are exactly where we are supposed to be. Where we are right now is not a problem, it is the way.
We question but we don't judge
Listen, listen, listen – then ask questions. We strive to obtain a full understanding of the topics we encounter. It is important to keep questioning but equally important to do so in a non-judgmental manner. With that we become fully open to our ability to love and to our potential to create. John Lennon once said: “Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the non-judgmental fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.“ At 109 we work toward loving all people and situations in all their glory and imperfections.
Do what you love and love what you do. At 109 we only do work that is worth our time. Our days on this earth are short and pass by quickly. Let’s make them all count!
Our greatest asset, the 109 community, thrives on kindness and generosity at its foundation. We seek out team members, partners, participants, collaborators and mentors who choose humility over arrogance, assume good intentions amongst one another, and though we will have many differences of belief and perspective, always treat one another with respect. Though we are a community open to individuals that want to make this world a better place, assholes will find no home at 109 World. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Framework - free
Instead of trying to fit in, we do things the way we believe is the absolute best for our cause according to the best of our abilities.
Celebrate simple achievements
After all life does not look back, and we prefer to have more days of happiness than less. For us, to celebrate simple achievements is to discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge and the joy of growth.
There are no random acts
We are all interconnected – what we do to Earth, we do to ourselves and what we do for ourselves, we do for the Earth.