I'm LDS, and I started using prayer beads, Hindu-style, about a month ago.
I read the book, Eat, Pray, Love, where the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, mentions Hindu prayer beads and their purpose - as the person who is praying holds a bead, he is focusing in his head on that one person, or blessing, or thing he's grateful, or whatever. When he is done, he goes to the next bead on the line. It helps to focus his prayers.
My prayers have always suffered - I think I have ADD or something - I'll be discussing something with Heavenly Father, and my mind wanders. I start thinking about how tired I am. Or how hungry I am. Or that my knees hurt. Or whatever. And then I slip into "vain repetitions," just to get the prayer done.
After reading that book, I, on a whim, decided to use prayer beads with my prayers. I grabbed a necklace with lots of big, chunky beads on it, and got to work. Voila - my prayers are more meaningful than they ever, ever have been in my life. I play with each bead - feel its contours, twist it around and around the leather that holds it together - as I discuss each need, or each thing for which I'm grateful, or problem I'm dealing with, and when I'm done with that topic, I move to the next one. My prayers are lasting like 15 minutes now, where before they were like one minute long. It has opened up a whole new world.
A very non-LDS way to pray, I think, but it's improved my relationship with my Heavenly Father, for sure.
By the way, I adore your blog. It really is my daily pick-me-up.