Yesterday in group, our teacher surprised each of us with a wonderful souvenir from Greece. Worry beads! I found the following explanation on Google and thought I would share it. Here are some pictures of them. Unfortunately the close-up shots are a little blurred because my hands sometime shake!
The beads have silver sparkles in them!
She is such an awesome person. My life has been blessed and I am grateful for her presence in it.
Greek Worry Beads
Greek tradition holds that the Greek worry beads in particular are derived from the knotted “prayer strands” used by Greek Orthodox Monks.
Formed in many shapes and sizes today, the usual material for Greek worry beads is Amber. Formed in short strands of between sixteen and twenty beads, Greek worry beads are worked in the fingers to reduce stress and help people to meditate and to think.
Moving the Greek worry beads back and forth or running them between fingers is an addictive and very calming activity. Some people simply roll the beads around in their palm whilst other set up a repetitive and complex rhythm which when performed at a high speed can make the beads appear to move so fast that they become a blur.
The tradition of Greek worry beads has passed across oceans and today many people all over the world make use of the attractive beads either using them in their intended way or as a beautiful ornament.
Some Greek worry beads, in particular those designed for sale to tourists, include a small St Christopher or a charm and these can often be seen hanging in cars on rear view mirrors.
Whether you intend to buy some Greek worry beads for use or ornament, you could not have a wider choice than that which is available today.
Smooth semi-precious beads strung on leather or cord, glass or bone on fine silver or gold chains, carved or moulded plastic and as many colours as the rainbow, Greek worry beads are becoming more and more popular as people seek some soothing activities which might help them to deal with everyday stress.
Those people who become a fan of Greek worry beads maintain that they become more than a simple set of beads to them; indeed they can feel as though they contain an actual positive force, an energising power which becomes a faithful support for the owner.
Not only used in the relieving of stress but also as a diet aid or even to keep fingers busy when a person is giving up smoking, Greek worry beads seem to be genuinely useful to many people.
Greek worry beads are available today in many shops both online and in the high street. The many styles available ensure that there will be a set out there for you. When choosing a set it is advisable to touch and feel the beads before buying them. Some will undoubtedly feel more pleasant to the touch than others. Like buying shoes you need to find the right fit!From - http://worrybeads.org/greek-worry-beads/”