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Zara’s Bucket List Sunday: 02.12.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

Learn how to make

prayer mala beads

I watched the movie, “Kundun” about the 14th Dalai Lama and was intrigued not only by his personal story, but the story of Tibetan history, spirituality, and exile.

"Kundun" movie cover

I am not a practicing Buddhist, but I wanted to understand and connect with the Tibetan people and their cause in an intimate way.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

So, I searched for prayer malas, both in shops in downtown Toronto and online. I did find a few pieces that I liked and bought them. But, my desire to buy them were, of course, hampered by my financial inability to do so.

So, instead, I decided I would learn how to make the malas themselves. Not as pieces of jewellery, but as tokens of love, meditation, and prayer for the Tibetan people.

I have given some to friends whom I have had to leave (for example, friends from work that I grew to know, love, and respect).

Here are some of my creations:

The black onyx stone can help to release negative emotions such as sorrow and grief and used to end unhealthy relationships. It has protective properties since black has an absence of light and known to create invisibility. - Mala beads created by (c) Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
Picture Jasper’s grounding energy can give you a strong sense of who you are. It is said to encourage creative visualisation and creativity. - Mala beads created by (c) Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
Coral symbolizes life and blood force energy. It is used as an aid to depression, lethargy or deficient nutrition. - Mala beads created by (c) Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez




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