Monday, June 13, 2011

prayer bead



loose shell
deep in robe pocket
long cleaned of salt...sand
worn smooth daily
this single prayer bead

28 comments:

  1. it's all we need to gain focus.

    alongside the river my hands always seem to find a stone, a small piece of driftwood. over and over i work it, somehow feeling more connected.

    xo
    erin

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  2. Gifts given reminding us to be grateful for the beauty that we make contact with.

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  3. A good use of this beautiful object.

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  4. Sometimes a single touch to something grounded is all we need as a prayer.

    "...long cleaned of salt...sand..." has a hint of Buddha nature to it, the letting go of distractions in our lives. Very calming poem!

    Rick

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  5. This is beautiful I love it! Te imagery is stunning and meditative

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  6. I have special things I keep close in my pocket or handbag, as well...my lucky buckeye, my glass eye, and a tiger eye marble. I love the notion of them being prayer beads. Lovely.

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  7. Reading this poem was a meditation. Simply lovely, Ollie!

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  8. ...it soothes my soul... being close at the ocean is what i truly need these days... a calm reflection i think for tonight.

    Thanks.(:

    ~kelvin

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  9. A prayer bead. You really have to work those with great effort.

    There's an old story: a rock was kept at a temple in ancient China and the monks would take turns placing it on a shelf that was too narrow. It fell down and they put it back up. Story goes, one day the stone got tired, and stayed up on the shelf. Eventually it became an honored member of the order.

    "long cleaned of salt...sand
    worn smooth daily" - very nice!

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  10. What a lovely thought! I often have a hazel nut in my pocket and enjoy its smooth perfection between my fingers.

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  11. Oh yes I do that too! shells and stones- thanks!

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  12. you feel it don't you
    as you run your thumb along
    and feel the years and now the calm.
    very nice bit Ollie.

    ~robert

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  13. I love having something in my fingers too, smooth or rough, doesn't matter much, it's the size that counts.
    Something permanent, something familiar, something to create calm.

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  14. smart take on the image.
    keep inspiring.

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  15. Very spiritual, yet connected with nature. Very nice.

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  16. i can't stand having stuff in my pocket. but i also can't stand leaving pretty stones at the beach.

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  17. Lovely thought, it's a beautiful shell. I saw it as a pearl, not thinking at all of a prayer bead yet tending to a spiritual theme.

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  18. Descriptive and meaningful. A good reminder that we always have work to do on the self.

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  19. I love this little object to treasure in the hand and mind.

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  20. This will be one of my favorites, I know.

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  21. Love the theme metamorphosis at the end.

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  22. The contents of our pockets - the regular things - bring us comfort. See with our fingers and not with our eyes.

    Anna :o]

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  23. A shell that brings solace to the wayward world so to speak!

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