Self Compassion Meditation and Prayer Beads

The world has been extra crazy these last couple of years. How we navigate it can be expanded and made more bearable with a self compassion practice. I created these beads for just that. The beads chosen correlate to 5 ways to engage with compassion for yourself and then extend it out toward others. YouContinue reading “Self Compassion Meditation and Prayer Beads”

Free Range Rosaries Origin Story

One year ago today I sold my first Free Range Rosary on Etsy. This was my first official sale and it just so happens that the same person who purchased it, just bought another one of my creations yesterday. I’m still unclear on whether it’s freerange or free range or free-range but that hasn’t stoppedContinue reading “Free Range Rosaries Origin Story”

What is a Free Range Rosary?

I started making rosaries a little over a year ago. I had started praying the rosary again last year out of need, desperation really and I came to make rosaries out of a need to create love out of misery; to walk a spiral around the difficulties of the worst time in my life, spreadingContinue reading “What is a Free Range Rosary?”

A Spiritual Practice for Guilt

We come to prayer and meditation for many reasons. Some have a daily practice, some come to prayer the way you grab the “Oh Jesus” handle in the car when things get rough. Praying for help in the clutch of difficulty is as old as old gets. Then there are the long-term difficulties that seepContinue reading “A Spiritual Practice for Guilt”

Summer Solstice Prayer, Play & Transformation (and new beads!)

Today is the Summer Solstice and the feeling of regeneration, new connection and a release from SO many months of isolation, worry, grief, change and a world turned on it’s ear is palpable. The pandemic is not over and the corners up ahead contain mystery. As we give gratitude for our lives, we keep prayingContinue reading “Summer Solstice Prayer, Play & Transformation (and new beads!)”

Hail Mary: A Cathlo-Buddhist Mashup

I wrote this prayer about 10 years ago. It’s a mashup of the Hail Mary and the Buddhist Metta (Loving kindness) mantra. I was inspired to write it in part to quell my Catholic Mom’s worries that I’d become a heathen (anything not Catholic in her view). Also, I was longing to connect with GreatContinue reading “Hail Mary: A Cathlo-Buddhist Mashup”

Rosaries For Rebels: Non Churchy Ways to Use the Beads

This article is by my dear friend and podcast co-host Cyndera Quakenbush. It was originally published here on Your Tango. Check out her work with Story Through Stone. If you’re anything like me and about 23% of all Americans, you are not affiliated with any religion. What cannot be captured in a poll, however, areContinue reading “Rosaries For Rebels: Non Churchy Ways to Use the Beads”

Our Art of Heaven Hallowed Be a New Prayer

This summer I found a beautiful translation of the Our Father prayer and shared it with my Rosary Circle. We soon adopted it into our rosary practice, using it for the first Pater (Our Father) bead. This translation is from the original Aramaic and was done by Neil Douglas-Klotz, who is a religious studies, spirituality,Continue reading “Our Art of Heaven Hallowed Be a New Prayer”