I do not have Japa beads. When I chant mahamantra 108 times I use my fingers to count. I notice when counting on the fingers, my mind sometimes start counting off like "40 more to go" , "15 more to go".
This mental activitiy is not there when I just chant without counting or intention for 108 times. Then I feel I just chant out of Love and no thoughts come to say oh so many to go,...
So what is the benefit of counting 108 times? For me it only seem to distract me.
Also I think the distraction will be less with beads.. how/where to receive japa beads?
Lots of Love