Using Beads in your Practice

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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #295952 by steamboat28
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6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #295954 by steamboat28
Paper Beads
Beads can be made of almost any kind of paper and in many different shapes. They can be blank or printed or handwritten-on, and there are many ways of finishing them. In this video, I show you a simple paper bead template and how to roll them by hand. There are many options available for tools, but you can get started with just some scrap paper and a paper clip!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRNPioVaEOQ
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6 years 9 months ago #295955 by steamboat28
Barrell Bead Knots
Barrel bead knots are good when you don't have anything handy but string, or you're worried about the safety, noise, or inflexibility of regular beads. They can be made different sizes by varying the number of twists, which is useful for projects like all-twine rosaries for soldiers, or making inexpensive malas to hand out to those in need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYLfqRn9HcU

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  • Making an All-Twine Rosary
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    6 years 9 months ago #295956 by steamboat28
    Knotting Between Beads
    Knotting between beads keeps you from losing the entire strand if your string breaks! It's also a very meditative practice that looks lovely. It spaces the beads out so they don't bump together. This extra space also has a tactile effect on the turning of the beads from one to the next, further engaging your practice.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zuNk3OLnmE

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    6 years 9 months ago #296430 by steamboat28
    My favorite all-cord beaded string, the chotki (among other names) is used in many orthodox Christian traditions and is made of beautiful and complex knots.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poP7Fu_jqrU

    Further Information
  • The Orthodox Prayer Rope (pdf)
  • How to Tie Prayer Rope
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    6 years 9 months ago #297545 by steamboat28
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    6 years 9 months ago - 6 years 9 months ago #297609 by
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    You inspired me. This is a 95-bead set for use in the Baha'i daily meditation. The beds are olive wood and I'm looking forward to see how their finish changes with time and use. The focus and the two green beads are malachite. The malachite beads separate a set of 9 wooden beads, which is also a number Baha'is often use in prayer. The single bead hanging next to the malachite donut is a juniper seed, which many Native American people believe provides protection.

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    6 years 9 months ago #297611 by steamboat28
    That's beautiful! I'm glad you've gotten so much from this thread. :)
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    6 years 9 months ago #297618 by Eleven
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    I think this is wonderful beads are a great mediation tool and a focusing tool. I love to mediate with Crystals all types of shapes and sizes. I won't say much more than that because the focus is on Beads not crystals :)

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Tl1zqH4lsSmKOyCLU9sdOSAUig7Q38QW4okOwSz2V4c/edit
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