Strung with Love: Video Trailer

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Laughing Cat Films – Louis Ekrem Studios just completed the video trailer for my Prayer Mala workshop called “Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using Your Own Prayer Mala.” If you have ever thought about taking the workshop, or wanted to know more about it, click on the link below. ūüēČ

Strung with Love Video Trailer
Namaste, 

Sue

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Strung with Love is coming to Oakland!

Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using Prayer Malas is coming to Oakland Center for Spiritual Living on Sunday, July 30th from 1pm to 4pm. In this workshop you will learn the some of the history and background behind prayer malas and how to make your own mala to enhance your spiritual practice. See below for price, location and phone number to reserve your spot. Mala kits will be sold at the workshop.

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Mala Repairs: Restringing it with Love

Do you have a mala that needs to be repaired? This mala, purchased elsewhere, was sent to me for repair. It was missing 4 beads and I was able to provide an alternative including a new tassel.  

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The mala took on a new look. The next step is to make the tassel. The tassel is also where the main knot hides to secure all the beads. When repairing a mala, I assure that it is “strung with love” and it is returned in a condition that honors the practice for which the mala is used.

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The completion of a mala. The tassel is important as it is equated to enlightenment. It is the gathering of chanted mantras, where vibration and bliss resonate. A perfect ending for a Summer Solstice evening… Strung with Love!

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Let me know if you have a mala that needs to be Restrung with Love. Cost does vary depending on time and materials.

Namaste 

~Sue

Change of Meditation

Just as in life as we may be taking a supplement or medication, and later our body changes, their effectiveness may lack. So, too, in our meditation practice. I use my mala to chant mantras, but recently, I have changed up my practice.

I truly was lead by my Higher Divine Self to try something new. I knew I wanted moreTime.to.Change from my practice. This change has brought awareness to areas that have needed light and healing. Some of you may know that I use Insight Timer as a mediation tool. It is an app that you can download and customize to your needs. I mostly was using it as a timer w/ an ambient sound in the background as I meditated or chanted and it would let me know when my time had been reached. I switched to guided meditations, that are also available on Insight Timer, that use specific chants to open chakras and bring healing and clarity.

What a concept! Change your meditation as you would change or fine tune your medication and watch how we dial in to Spirit; awakening and fine tuning ourselves to something that was never really out of reach.

If you use Insight Timer, click on the “Guided” button and search on chakras. I am specifically working with Davidji’s meditations on the app as he integrates guided mediation, imagery, and chanting.

Changing it up,

SueChakras

 

Strung with Love – Video session #2

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The second free workshop is Saturday, March 25th. It is limited to about 6 participants. You only pay for the materials which allows you to create your own mala (approx. $10 – $20). Please reply here or or call 707-696-1117 to reserve your spot! I am grateful for this opportunity to share this venture with you all.

Video Project: Strung with Love

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PrayerMalas is collaborating with Laughing Cat Films in Santa Rosa in a creative endeavor to bring “Strung with Love: The Art of Making and Using PrayerMalas” to Video.

I will be offering two my PrayerMala Workshops locally on¬†Saturday, February 11th and Saturday, March 25th. Both workshops start at 11am and are 3 hours in duration. Please email me at malas@sonic.net to let me know which one you can attend. Space is limited to 6 participants. Attendees will be asked to share their thoughts and experiences during or after the workshop on video. It doesn’t matter if you attended my workshops in the past. Repeats are welcomed! The workshop will be free except for the cost of the materials. Let me know if you are interested.

~ Sue

Prayer Mala Workshop

Strung with Love: Prayer Mala Workshop, Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm @ Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa, CA 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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Come together with Sue Robson, RScP and learn how to make and use your own Prayer Mala. We will go over simple beading techniques, tassel creation, and learn a little about the sacred histories of other faith traditions and how they use beads for meditation and prayer.  The class will end in a mantra using our newly made Prayer Malas. No prior beading experience is needed; only your desire to be creative. Cost of the workshop is $30 per person. Bead kits are available for purchase which includes all you need, or you may bring your own beads.

For more information about Prayer Malas, go tohttp://www.facebook.com/prayermalas or call 707-696-1117.

Click PrayerMalas for Brochure.

 

 

Taking a “Chants” on PrayerMalas

Since 2009, I have been using and making PrayerMalas. I found that in making them, I wrist.mala.blue.close was meditating and that energy and love was going into each string of beads. Every bead I chose was a prayer in itself. If I was making a mala for a specific person, I would learn what their intention was and infused it in my work. The outcome was a PrayerMala as unique as the individual for which it was created.

The tassel, on the mala means enlightenment; that as a person uses their mala for chanting and reciting affirmations or prayers, the enlightenment that comes from such a practice is represented by the tassel. I feel that it holds the energy of the individual’s practice. I know that when I grab my favorite, long time used Rainbow.MalaPrayerMala, if feel it calming me even before I begin to chant.¬† I looked for pre-manufactured tassels to attach to the PrayerMalas I make, but as I began making PrayerMalas, I realized that the tassel needed to be integrated into the mala, not just simply attached at the end. I practiced on at least 2 dozen PrayerMalas before I found a perfect way to make the tassel. It takes a little longer, but it is stronger and flows organically from the string of beads.

I chose to write the word “PrayerMalas” and “PrayerMala” as one word. It was how it called to me. It was my signature to the functional craft I was creating. After I learned about using beads to chant mantra, in the class I took on Spiritual Practices for Daily Living, I felt a weight lift from me. This new practice allowed for movement during this form of meditation. Sometimes the thought of being quite and still in meditation can be scary. So just as writing in a journal can release what is in a person’s mind, chanting mantra on a PrayerMala and the movement from one bead to another can allow the physical energy in the body to release and make space for the mind to open as the meaning of the words permeate the experience.

I chose to move PrayerMalas.com to WordPress because it, just like all of us, are evolving, living and moving beings. The old website, as beautiful as it is, was not easyPrayer.Mala.Instructions to change and could not engage with other people, sites and blogs. WordPress allows for that social connection.

I am still working out how to display the PrayerMalas that I make and how “The Store” will function. I will be listing when and where my workshops, “Strung with Love, How to make and use your own PrayerMala” will be held.

I look forward to sharing and being a part of this community and reading blogs of other people who enjoy chanting, mediation, beads, prayer and art.

~ Namaste

Sue