Blessed Virgin! Did you see what she was at with the rosary beads?

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Ok, so the title was a bit of a joke...sort of. My friend and I were speaking in jest when I told her about my new use for rosary beads. :)

(Having being raised in catholic homes, in Newfoundland, we could both appreciate the humour.

I have struggled for a number of years now with making meditation a part of my daily routine. I am a firm believer in its benefits not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually, and while I always sought out and began a meditation program with good intentions, I seemed unable to solidify it and make it a regular part of my day.

So as a part of the" target="_blank">"Just One" Challenge - which is aimed at incorporating one new healthy habit each week - I added daily meditation to the mix. Initally my goal was simply seven minutes a day - that was it, seven minutes is certainly manageable!!

First thing in the morning, once the kids were out the door to school and the house was quiet, I would sit cross legged in my living room and close my eyes and breathe. Easy. Beautiful.

And it was great at first. I just focused on my breathing most days, sometimes counting breathes, others days using a vision (although I realized that I am not great at visualizations). But into the second week I was struggling. My mind was wandering, drifting to my to do lists and flitting from one mantra to another. I could not focus on just one thing!!! Story of my life - so I came up with a solution......rosary beads.

The rosary in itself is a form of meditation, just using "Hail Marys" right? So why couldn't the beads help me. They were a special set I had received for my first holy communion and were blessed by the local priest of tha day. I kept them in a case that had belonged to my ever faithful Grandmother, poked away in a drawer.

So keeping it simple, I chose one word for each of the five sets of ten beads. 
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Gratitude
  • Acceptance
  • Presence

Five words that I sit with, rolling each bead between my finger and thumb, for a few breathes each. Drawing it deep into my soul, allowing it to premeate my spirit.

Words that are important to me.
Words that represent what I strive to be, how I want to live my life.

At the end of each set, before moving onto the next group of beads, I say a short simple prayer for guidance to assist me in living those words.

It might not be how those beads were ever intended to be used, but for me it works, and has helped me to develop a daily practice that incorporates spirituality, deep breathing, relaxation, introspection and helps me feel centered...... calm. A feeling that I can go back to throughout the day - just when I might need it the most.

Exactly what my soul has been craving all this time; coming from and unexpected source.

Categories: Stress Management & Self Care, Faith Matters

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