I’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 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.
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 🙂