Healing Power of Beads: The Traveling Bracelets Project

Sig's Indian Paisley Bracelet: Traveling Bracelet #1

There are many ways to respond to cancer diagnosis. Long-time beader Sig Wynne-Evans bravely accepted news of her uterine cancer earlier this year, underwent surgery in May, and missed three weeks of work afterward.

While recovering, Sig contemplated the process of healing and spent time doing two things she adores: blogging and beading.

Initially, Sig posted her thoughts on her personal blog. The wave of support in response–from familiar friends and new ones alike–imbued Sig with a desire to somehow capture and share the bounty of goodwill. She turned to her beads and created a beautiful bracelet, thinking happy thoughts all the while, and incorporating every ounce of positivity she could muster with each stitch.

When finished, Sig christened the piece "Indian Paisley Bracelet," packaged it with care, and mailed it to a dear friend in Arizona whom Sig knew was in need of some healing energy. Sig included a list of simple requests: Wear this bracelet or keep it close for one week, promise to disclose your adventures with it, and, at the conclusion of the week, send the bracelet and instructions to someone else. A voyaging talisman.

Sig feared her idea might never take flight, or that it might be short-lived. On the contrary, Paisley was such a hit that Sig realized she was on to something. In the following weeks, she created more bracelets with the same purpose and sent them on their way.

To date, eleven Traveling Bracelets are gracing wrists and lives worldwide each week, with a twelfth bracelet set to launch in Peru in November.

"It has been such fun connecting with others this way," Sig shares. "It brings me a lot of joy getting the tales of the travels and the photos from others. Each bracelet seems to be developing its own personality. And some are having an enviable time!"

Enviable time, indeed. From Michigan to France, Scotland to California, the Traveling Bracelets are visiting the ocean, frequenting bead shops, participating in bird watching, and even strolling through Sherwood Forest.

The tales are captured in a special blog, The Amazing Adventures of the Traveling Bracelets, where the stories are nothing short of heartwarming. Those wearing the bracelets speak of them as though they're bosom buddies.

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Even more important than the fun activities the bracelets enjoy, is the reality that they're bringing people together in the spirit of healing. Each bracelet escort varies. Some are beaders, some are not. Some are healers, others are seeking healing.

One thing unifies them all: The bracelets make them feel good. And, I'm thrilled to report that Sig is cancer-free at this time, with regular checkups to make certain she stays that way.

She sums up the good juju of the Traveling Bracelets project best: "It still makes me tear up thinking of the friends I have whom I have never even met! I am forever grateful to them. I think knowing they all cared made a huge difference to me. You just can't beat that. Beaders make the best buddies."

Want to receive a Traveling Bracelet? There's an area of the blog specially meant for requests. Here's to hoping that one will find its way to you! Either way, Sig's project reminds us that the creative spirit can shine in the face of darkness, and shines brightest when shared.

Cheers!
Mallory

Join the fun on Sig's blog here: http://travelingbracelets.blogspot.com/

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