Mindful Beads by Alice Peck
Malas: Their Meanings, Mantras, and Prayers to Bring Inner Peace. Includes 20 projects to make your own beads.
About the Book
Strings of beads are universal to all peoples and beliefs. They're given many names - mala, rosary, masbaha, komboloi, prayer beads - but no matter the culture or context, they're a tangible symbol of connection. Beads can tell a story, and can inspire us, celebrate someone or something we love, or help us work through a difficulty.
They can be made from wood, clay, crystals, bone, shell, glass, metal, plastic, paper, and much more - even coins, buttons, seeds, and pasta. And the meanings are as varied as the materials. It's not so much what beads you string but why and how you string them. There's symbolism in the type, number, materials, and source of the beads and the words that go with them - mantras, prayers, promises, affirmations, and meditations.
On the Back of the Book
In Mindful Beads, discover the stories and meanings behind 20 types of beads, including malas, prayer beads, rosaries, worry beads, and more. Learn how to instill them with significance as you string your own beads, and then incorporate that meaning, protection, and promise into your life.
Did you know...
- Perforated seashells used as beads found in Ksar Akil, north of Beirut, Lebanon are between 35,000-41,000 years old
- 108 is a sacred number for the yogis, which is why malas have that number of beads
- Beads made from date pits from Mecca or berries picked at holy sites are imbued with the meaning of the place.
Total Pages: 128 (Paperback)
About the Author
Drawn to finding the sacred in the everyday, Alice Peck is the author of The Secret Language of Herbsand Be More Tree as well as Bread, Body, Spirit and Next to Godliness With Chris Grosso, she is the co-author of Dead Set on Living. As an editor, Alice focuses on mind and spirit, collaborating with Zen and Tibertan Buddhist teachers, psychotherapist, and others. Before focusing on writing and publishing, she acquired books and developed screenplays for film and television. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.
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