These particular black beads really appeal to me. Click on this link (www.buddhistmala.com) to read about them. Can you tell why they call to me? Well, maybe you should read my post first. (smiles)
I was curious about the japa malas that Elizabeth talked about in the Introduction of her book. She said, "They have been used in India for centuries to assist devout Hindus and Buddists in staying focused during prayerful meditation." I looked it up on the Internet. I found a site that I liked which I posted on my sidebar. The black onyx prayer beads really called to me as I looked through the wide variety of stones that are used, each representing something different. According to this website "The black stone in the Feng Shui tradition is considered 'Yin' and is folklored to help with emotional protection and increased power. It is associated with the root 'chakra' and can be grounding." Balance and grounding is definitely something I would like to have. To me, the symbolism behind the japa malas touches my soul. Maybe one day I will get one. Maybe I will get that one in the picture. (smiles) That would be cool.
Having started this challenge has already been so beneficial to me ... and my family. We have been having a lot of fun experimenting with different ideas. I am much more calm, more focused and more helpful.
As far as today's "class" I have had a fun time. I structured it a little differently than my class schedule was set so, let's call it a field trip day. Today I took what I have been learning and applied on an errand run. I picked up a woman that I help at church and we toured the town picking things up and dropping things off. What a delightful afternoon it was. There was peace and love in it.
Tonight I got to spend some time with three of my daughters. I loved that as well. Afterward, my EC and I talked about his day. It is so nice to not be rushing from one thing to the next! It is wondrous to just enjoy each moment as it was here. My day was structured, but I enjoyed it. I lived it.
Tomorrow I am looking forward to real class time. At this stage in the game that means read, read, read, and lots of laundry. In Eat, Pray, Love I am on Chapter 16.
Maybe tomorrow I will write to Elizabeth. ???
395 days to go.