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Prayer Beads

It was suggested that we discuss prayer beads here, and I concur. Many of us probably associate prayer beads with Catholicism, but they're actually used in many religions. Anyone who prays can use prayer beads, and anyone can make them in their own way.

Do you use prayer beads? What are they like, how do you use them?

I have made a few, but I've yet to have real set prayers for any of them. I just like to know which bead is dedicated to what, and pray spontaneously to it. Once I compose prayers for each, I'll probably still do it the spontaneous way when I feel like it. The best thing about any of them though is having something to hold in my hands. My favorite one to carry with me encompasses the entire Norse pantheon, so my beliefs travel with me.


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May. 23rd, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I use my prayer beads for breath exercises and reciting all kinds of short verses.

I have juzu (or wrist mala, the one with the brown tassel, a cheap thing I bought in Kyoto) and a 108-bead mala (with the silver tassel) that I made myself.

Perhaps I'll get around to taking a picture of just the mala itself. :)

Edited at 2009-05-23 04:08 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
That's lovely. I love those gemstones...can't remember the name.

And I recognize some of those books in the background. ;)
May. 23rd, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
:O Mechanics of Materials? Differential Equations? Really?
May. 23rd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh! I guess not. haha Two of the blue ones look just like one on Buddhism and another on Tantra. Guess I'm seeing things (but I still insist they look familiar.)
May. 23rd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
haha! I was going to so surprised if I found someone else on LJ that used the same textbooks I did.

I'd show you a picture of my Buddhism shelf, but it's all mixed in with my philosophy books, and I don't have a good picture. :)
May. 23rd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I love your icon! You must have a lot of books. I think I only have as many as in the photo above. haha
May. 23rd, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've collected quite a bit. I have enough to fill a wall 6 feet high by 10 feet long -- mostly my engineering books, popularized science books, philosophy and books in Japanese.

You seem pretty interesting. What kinds of things do you write about in your journal? Do you write often about your Pagan practice?

Oh, and thanks about the icon. I love to make icons. If you are looking for any particular kind of icon made from stock images, I'd be happy to see if I can make a few for you.
May. 23rd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
The bulk of my books are all on one subject--Norse mythology and religion. haha The rest is scattered. Do you have a Goodreads account? (I seem to ask everyone that nowadays. haha)

I didn't used to write about my Pagan practice, but I'm starting to now that I have some Pagan friends. Can I add you?

I used to make icons myself, then seriously withdrew. haha Do you have any like the one above I can use?
May. 23rd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have a GoodReads account: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1859868

I just added you, so yes! Please add me back. I'm revamping my introduction sticky entry, but that may be a good place to start. :)

Here are all the Buddhism icons I've made to date. Feel free to take whatever you like. http://nebulosity.livejournal.com/298728.html
May. 23rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Cool, cool, and thanks! :) *sportin new icon*
May. 23rd, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I just checked your profile; do you speak Norwegian??
May. 23rd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Just a little. I was actually getting nostalgic for studying it, so that's why I wrote that. haha
May. 23rd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
The first person I dated was Norwegian, and I learned to read kids books in Norwegian in three months and spoke a little bit of it. I absolutely love Norwegian and would love to get back into learning it! :)
May. 23rd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Me too! I regret stopping (I think my grandpa does too. haha He always tries to get me to speak it.)
May. 23rd, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Here are some that I've created.

My most extensive one, of the Norse pantheon, cosmology, runes, etc. The full thing.

The first one I made, for Frigg. The pendant is a viking age ear spoon with the image of a woman. Thought it was appropriate enough for Her.

And my Eir beads for health and healing.
May. 23rd, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
These are lovely~! I need to make a second wrist mala sometime soon.
May. 23rd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I made the second one just a long strand at first, but found it nicer to carry like this.
Jun. 1st, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
those are so pretty!
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
i'm catholic so i do enjoy our prominent use of prayer beads :) sometimes i use it for the rosary, sometimes just to pray on. one gold with greenish blue beads, one decade that's just silver with little silver roses.
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