Saturday, December 7, 2013

Buddha Beads by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber ♥

The Hobbit Part Deux opens in less than a week now, and I am beyond excited. I've gotten it into my head that by some powerful cosmic force, Peter Jackson MUST know that The Hobbit is probably my favorite story of all time and that he'd throw me the bone of releasing these and previously, the LOTR films right around my birthday (one of the LOTR films did release on my birthday--it was a delirious year, but I think seeing Smaug may top that...). Anyway, keeping with the theme of things and to be a bit Hobbitish, I'm gonna do a couple of giveaways in December, my birthday month--starting with this gem...

I have always been a fan of Amy Zerner and Monte Farber's divination and meditation tools. Amy's art and Monte's words just go so well together, and there's a distinct feeling of fun and play in everything they do. Amy's tapestry collages are rich with detail, saturated with color and symbolism--and like Tolkien's work (see above) I discover something new each time I look. But there is also great depth in simplicity, and THAT is the essence of their newest release, Buddha Beads...

Meditation is deceptively simple, and at least for me, somewhat mathematical. Counting away my thoughts is the only thing that's worked for me to clear my mind. A strand of Mala beads is the perfect counting-focusing tool, and Amy and Monte have touched this ancient tradition with their special brand of magic.

The thing I love most about this kit is the idea that even if you wait to read the book (35 pages of easy to follow information on Malas, mantras and chakras and of course instructions for using the beads and techniques for meditation), you can use your beads right away as necklace, bracelet or anklet (our legs carry us everywhere, and so, are sacred too!). The Mala itself is made of smooth oxblood-colored beads strung on stretchy cord. The large guru bead is crowned with a silver dorge and Buddha pendent and four turquoise beads. Wearing the beads really is its own introduction to this most marvelous tool.

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