Komboloi, begleri or worry beads were first used in India as a way of helping to count prayers. The earliest komboloi were made using fruit pits that had been punctured and placed on a length of string, according to Greek Internet Market. Eventually, semiprecious and precious stones replaced the fruit pits. Worry beads became a symbol of power and prestige, used by Greek monarchy. Komboloi are now commonly used by everyday people to help meditation. Today, men and women use komboloi to ease stress and relax neural pathways.
- Skill level:
Hold the komboloi either at its end or in the centre of the beads. Divide the beads so you can hold the komboloi string in between your fingers.
Flip the komboloi over your index finger so the beads are on the palm side of your hand. You'll have to be looking at the beads as you learn how to use them. Move each bead individually from the palm side of your hand over to the back of your hand or flip them again.
Count the beads on your komboloi by dividing the beads into two halves. Hold the beads with one hand higher than the other and let two beads drop. As soon as they hit the opposite end, let the next two beads drop. Continue until all the beads have fallen to the other end.
Tips and warnings
- Greeks use worry beads (komboloi) to help handle stress in a healthy manner. Focusing on the act of flipping the beads from one side to the other helps relax the mind, according to the Greek Internet Market.
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