Prayer flags are delicate, yet powerful images fluttering in the wind, sometimes gently, sometimes wildly, but always reflecting the surrounding elements, a pairing of light and shadow. Prayer flags usually come in sets of five colors representing the elements: blue symbolizes sky/space, white symbolizes air/wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth. Traditionally, prayer flags promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. They do not carry prayers to gods. Rather, the Tibetans believe prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion into all pervading space, bringing benefit to all. Prayer flags are often displayed at high elevation. By hanging flags in high places, the blessings depicted on the flags are carried to all beings.
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 displaying 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.
Prayer flags became part of the HERA tradition when they were brought to the Climb4Life weekends by Sean Patrick, the woman who established the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation. Participants wrote messages on the flags in honor of someone they loved. We invite you to post a tribute to honor the memory of someone who has lost their battle with ovarian cancer.
TributesIn honor of Barbara Marr
You taught me, inspired me, and gave me the true strength I have in me today, and that I lean on now more than ever, every day...— forever inspired by you..., Dexter, MI In honor of BRENDA PRICE
MY INSPIRATION YOU TAUGHT ME TO "LIVE WHILE I'M ALIVE"— PARTNER IN LIFE, SALT LAKE CITY, UT In honor of Dorothy Litz - Loving Mother & Grandmother
You will always be a divine example of courage and strength. I love and miss you more than anyone will ever know!— Your Loving Granddaughter - Kristen, Drumore, PA In honor of Kathy Evans
Thank you for being on this journey with me the last 6 years. You got your teal wings and moved on with Grace and always with laughter.— Maggie, Eldorado Springs, CO In honor of Kateri
We lost you too soon.— Kateri, Philadelphia, PA In honor of Helen Breen Phelan
I visualize your smile every day and find courage in the graceful way you faced your cancer. Trying to manifest some of that grace.— Mom, Denver, CO In honor of Sean Patrick
wearing one of my HERA tops today & never take my bracelet off. reminders of the woman who started it all & who still inspires me to be better.— may your spirit continue to shine down on us, lehi, UT In honor of Ruth Reynolds
Every time I see a pair of handmade earrings, I think of you! I remember your voice, your smile and your spirit! I miss you friend!— Shannon Routh, Charlotte, NC In honor of Marilyn Usinowicz, aka Rexy
To my Mother, my mentor and my best friend: I love you and I wish you were here to meet your new granddaughter...she looks a lot like you. Lucky girl!— Lara, Denver, CO In honor of Diane Boulanger
Mom, you still mean the world to me and I will never forget your dedication, love and sacrifices you made throughout the years.— Mom, Rochester, MA In honor of Jil Rosentrater
Thank you for your friendship and for making our world such a beautiful, thought-provoking place. Denver Post: http://preview.tinyurl.com/c7kkeq4— Kim S., Denver, CO In honor of Mary Swafford
I miss your smile, wit & laughter....the comfort of your embrace. You are my forever hero and the one I PROUDLY call 'Mom'. See you on the other side.— Mom, Castle Rock, CO In honor of Shelly Courington
Thank you for sharing your strength, passion and joy for life with so many. You touched everyone you knew with a heart of light.— Your sister Aleece, Denver, CO In honor of Joyce Perry
I miss you Joyce, your energy and advocacy continues to inspire me.— Samantha, Philadelphia, PA In honor of Audrey Silberman
I miss you everyday and admire more than ever your strength and your courage.— Your Daughter, Salt Lake City, UT In honor of Susan von Salis
We did a lot of things together, there were a lot of things left to do...I'll miss not doing them with you.— Ruth, Boston, MA In honor of Evangeline Andrews
You touched countless lives and everyone who knew you loved you. I will miss you every day of my life, but will work hard to live in your likeness.— Your Daughter, Stacey, Denver, CO In honor of Michelle Aris
I miss you fierce warrior Michelle— Sam, Philadelphia, PA In honor of Susan Garlow
I wish I had had more time to get to know you better. You were such a nice person, and I admired your adventurous spirt.— Meg, Denver, CO In honor of Sean Patrick
You taught me the difference between being alive and living. You will remain on belay in my heart for eternity!— Your friend, Tonya, Boulder, CO