With every purchase from our online stores http://www.theholybead.com or http://www.thesacredalter.com, I send out a love bead necklace with a small note. The necklaces are hand strung by me (Holly) on hemp in all different colors, tied off with a knot and a drop of glue. They are all about 30-33" long and each one is completely unique. I take a mix of colors and then randomly select them as a move along the string. Well, randomly, yet controlled :)
Back in December my mentor and friend passed away suddenly at the age of 50. It was devastating to me and my friend Annette. It has almost been six months now and I still can't believe it. He was one of the most passionate, caring, intelligent people I have ever known. He taught me about seeing connections instead of differences. He taught me to look for the things that we have in common with other people, cultures, and religions; to not see people as "other" but to see them as "same." He taught me that it was okay to make my own path on the way to the same goal we are all working toward.
One of the things everyone knew about him is how much he loved the Beatles. He and I used to regularly debate which was "the best" album . . . as if! Haha. I'm not sure how the idea came to be, but making love beads to honor his memory feels right. I feel like promoting peace, love and understanding is the best way I can honor the things he taught me and the impact he had on my life.
Love is a blessing. We can share it freely or we can hide it away. I prefer to share it freely because you never know what's coming at you just around the bend. I don't want to have any regrets.