365 Day Photo Challenge – Day 156

Rudraksha beads

These are my husband’s rudraksha beads that he uses during meditation. What are they you ask?

Considered holy by the ancient yogis of India, rudraksha beads are said to convey to the body helpful electromagnetic influences. There are 108 beads on a ‘mala’, which can only be used with a red string or a gold chain. You can also see there is a white string that is tied on and gradually moved along the beads. This white string is used as a place-holder for counting the correct number of ‘kriyas’ during meditation.

The rudraksha beads are actually seeds that come from an evergreen tree which grows in  South-East Asia, Indonesia, New Guinea to Australia, Guam, and Hawaii. There is a Hindu legend which says that ‘Lord Shiva opened His eyes after a long period of yogic meditation, and as a result of extreme fulfillment He shed out a tear. This single tear from Shiva’s eye grew into the Rudraksha tree.’

About denisemacdonald

I am a Canadian entrepreneur who has been spending the majority of my time between Canada and Panama, Central America. Living oceanfront, I am an 'investment consultant', predominantly in the area of real estate in the beaches areas. Photography is my hobby. In April, 2014 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I will be sharing my journey here on these 'pages'. If you would like to learn more about "Triple Negative" breast cancer, please click onto http://www.tnbcfoundation.org/.
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