Charms for a Troubled World

August 7th, 2011

I have several sets of prayer beads that I wear as bracelets, and this turquoise string is my particular favorite right now. The beads are heavy and it’s just a bit too long to wrap neatly around my wrist, but that just makes them feel more exotic. I’m not religious so they don’t connect to me to any belief system and I don’t use them like a Catholic or Buddhist would, but the concept of prayer beads makes me unreasonably happy. And lately I’ll take any little scrap of happiness I can find. ┬áThis string is literally like a touchstone — the weight and the clicking sound that the beads make when I move my wrist is a reminder of some lost holiness, some ground that has not been profaned, some tiny curl of incense in a faraway, forgotten temple.

2 Responses to “Charms for a Troubled World”

  1. Jen says:

    This is so wonderful Nikki! I was just looking at turquoise bracelets this morning, thinking I needed something a bit different, a little more exotic. And now here you are with not just a bracelet but also a reason for wearing that I can get behind.

    You are just always so darn inspirational!

    xo- Jen

  2. nikki says:

    Thanks so much… I love wearing my prayer beads!

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