The 109th bead on Buddist Mala prayer beads is a pause of silence, gratitude, and acknowledgment. It is similar to the Biblical term, Selah, which placed at the end of a passage acts as a pause of Amen but where Amen is an ending, Selah is a transitional pause of introspection, rumination, and meditation. In ballet, there is the act of reverence. Reverence does more than signal the end of class or the end of a performance, it is the acknowledgment of the tradition of the art of ballet, the lineage of teachers that stands before us as our teacher, and a moment of gratitude for all who have participated. There exists a term for a pause of great meaning in philosophies, theologies, and disciplines in all walks of life. And in many cases, this pause is part of a ceremony or habit wherein practitioners engage in this pause with regularity. I do not have the luxury of this imposition of practice. It is, however, my desire to hold in my fingers the idea of the 109th bead, bow my head to the whisper of the word Selah, and bend my knees deeply in reverence in some way every day to quiet my mind, to acknowledge those who come before, who stand with me, and who will come after me, and most of all to be grateful for all that I do and do not have.
~all will be well.
I always wondered about your Twitter name and am glad you explain it here – the idea is lovely, and fits in so well with ballet.
Nice to finally get a better sense of you!
Anne, I am always amazed at how well lessons in ballet related to life lessons! Thank you!
Susan, writing is a better medium for multifaceted thought, but 140 characters is pretty limiting! Thank you!
The 109th mala bead…
Hello! My name is Patty. I came across your blog while searching for the meaning of the number 109. I guess I found it! Love your blog, definitely will follow it.
Thanks, Patty! Nice to meet you. I look forward “talking” to you 😀
I love yout name – it’s half the reason I read your blog (ballet is the other half). P.S. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog.
what a beautiful inspiration to find this here in the ether space. thank you for your teachings here! With love, Elisabeth from San Diego