Monday, April 16, 2012

Garden Prayer Flags

I've wanted to make something similar to the Tibetan prayer flags for a long time. This past weekend I spent some time doing just that. I just think they are really pretty and fun and meaningful. The following is a short explanation of what the Tibetans believe about the flags. 

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Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life's changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.

For me, as I worked on my flags, I prayed and thought about all the blessings in my life. You can see on one of them there is the verse from John 15:1 which says," I am the true vine and my Father is the Gardener." My plan is to add more verses to the flag thruout the spring and summer.

One of my goals for this summer is to spend more time in our back yard tending the garden. I also want to get some chickens, so I'll need to tend them often as well. I thought if I spruced up the yard with some craftiness, it would encourage me to get my behind out there more this year:)




6 comments:

Sarah said...

I love them. Great idea & the flags are beautiful.

♥Duff said...

Loooooove the energy and emotion they express--what a beautiful addition to your garden!

Jean said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the factoid on the flags. I was one who thought they carried the prayers.

Jen Ben Bry said...

These are gorgeous, Karen! Makes me want to spend time in your garden, too!

Sarah said...

Lets do something with this for guild...as a swap or during a sewing day or something!

Mary said...

I've always loved Tibetan prayer flags, mostly from an aesthetic point of view, thanks for providing the background on them!
What a great idea for your garden; but chickens, really???
Luv u seester!