Sunday, November 12, 2006

Experiment: Beads of the Moment

Obtain a length of string, yarn, or cord and 12 beads.
You need to be able to string the beads easily, so be sure that everything is of a compatible size. Ideally you should use red, yellow, sky blue, or natural wood beads and a red, yellow, or black cord.
Find a quiet space where you will be undisturbed for the duration of this experiment.
Take a moment to invoke your presence into the present. Feel as if you are looking inward at yourself.
When you have a grasp on this first act of self remembrance, transfer part of your attention to the string and the beads. You will now be looking inward at yourself as well as outward at your work materials.
Tie a knot in one end of the string to prevent the beads from slipping off of the length. Maintain your level of presence and attention.
Inhale, intoning the sound "hum" as you place a bead on the string. Tie a knot behind the bead and exhale with "sa". Again create the "hum" sound as you inhale and place another bead on the strand and exhale with a "sa" as you tie a knot behind the bead. Continue this rhythm until all twelve beads of the moment have been strung with the thread of you attention.


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