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Craftiness and Spiritual Pursuits Take Over

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Japa Mala Prayer Beads - Image: © Briana Blair
Posted by / August 10, 2012 / 1 Comments

Japa MalaI’m usually worried sick about money, but today I let craftiness and spiritual pursuits take over. I’m actually quite happy with myself for making the choice to value something personal and spiritual over money for a change. It felt a bit odd, but I like it, and it’s a good step in the right direction.

What you see there (left) is the new japa mala necklace I made today. I’d made a set of prayer beads before, but something wasn’t right about them and I rarely used them. Today I was inspired to remake them, and I’m pleased with the results.

For those who don’t know, japa mala are an Eastern/Buddhist thing, used for counting as one recites mantras. My last necklace had 56 beads with a bunch of spacers, and it felt off, even though it was really pretty. After wondering about it for a while and then doing some reading, I found that traditionally these prayer bead strings have 108 beads with no spacers. No wonder it felt off!

Well, I like the look and feel of the spacers, but now I do have 108 beads. It actually took quite a while to make it because I actually had to use math to figure out a repeating pattern from the beads that I had. I couldn’t go out and buy more, so working with what I had and liked was a bit of a challenge, but I finally did it.

Buddhist Prayer Beads - Available at Zazzle

Buddhist Prayer Beads – Available at Zazzle

I feel like I nearly went blind stringing it. I used clear quilting thread and went around the whole thing 4 times to make sure it was super durable. The cat already tried to chew it off my neck, so I guess I did a good job! I wish I’d had more black beads though. I’m not really keen on the brown, and truthfully I’d prefer blue over red, but until I can get some really perfect beads, this one is still nice and will serve my needs.

I’m glad I was successful with the craft project, but what’s better is that I actually made the choice to put off work for a day and do something personal and spiritual. Normally that gets put aside indefinitely while I do nothing but try to make money. I guess I must be making some spiritual progress if I’m making choices like this. Overall I think it’s a really good thing. I mean, it’s not like I can’t work another day, but I might have lost my inspiration if I’d put that off. Perhaps this is all a sign of good things to come 🙂

About Briana Blair

Artist, writer, ordained interfaith minister, Dr. of Metaphysics and passionate oddball. I love to create, and I love bringing knowledge and joy to others. I've been an artist for 35 years, a writer for 26 and a Pagan for 22. And I'm just getting started!
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    Briana Blair

    I decided that while the necklace is nice, it’s not what I really wanted. So… I ordered some amazing beads and I’m going to be making a new one once they come in. I’ll post photos when it’s done. I’ll probably be putting my current one up in my Etsy shop, and if I have enough spare beads, which I likely will, I might even make a few more just to sell.

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