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Breast milk jewelry is a keepsake that impersonates motherliness. Motherhood is a journey; a narrative that can only be experienced but not taught. If l were to explain it, l would be lost for words. Others describe it as a sort of wilderness where each mother struggles to find her way. All in all, we hack it through either as heroines or mere survivors.

As a mom to two boys, I have had my share of ups and downs. The hardest part was waking up to fully engorged breasts and then halfway through the day, not even a single drop of breast milk. It happens to other moms too and mine was the inspiration I needed to venture into breast milk jewelry. I decided to use my fear to commemorate every single moment I shared with my kids.

So What Is Breast Milk Jewelry?

In a nutshell, these are ornaments made from a mother’s breast milk. They are mostly pendants which can be integrated seamlessly with any form of jewelry like chains, bracelets, earrings, or even rings. The ornaments feature a variety of custom background colors. They can be filled directly or made from resin.

Commercially Produced Breast Milk Jewelry

For those moms who haven’t discovered a hidden talent in DIY yet, you can find a blacksmith to make yours. All you need is to ship about two tablespoons of breast milk to them and your preferred design. These guys will then work their magic and apply showy finish before sending it back to you.

You can order tailor-made jewelry with your kid’s initials or whichever design you like. But if you think this is an order that gets fulfilled in a couple of days, think again. Some artists have requests of up to two years. Sounds like a very lucrative craft, doesn’t it?

My First Encounter

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Like every tech-savvy mother, l was doing rounds on the internet searching for motherhood stuff. Then a particular article by Daily Mail caught my attention. I almost dropped my glass of water. It highlighted how a particular lady was making a killing customizing breast milk jewelry. She was retailing them at $100 to $900.

At first, l was confused. But then bit by bit, reality kicked in. I wanted to contact her immediately to place my order, but when I remembered the price tag, I calmed down. And that’s how I started researching on the hands-on approach.

DIY Breast Milk Jewelry

Every DIY artist has a distinct trade process. Some incorporate chemicals to aid in breast milk preservation while others use dehydration techniques. Some will mix the milk with other solvents and others will freeze-dry. I guarantee you this is no science class and you can do it on your own at home. Let’s get started.

The Long Method

This is my favorite method because you only need to express enough milk once and use it to make lots of jewelry. The procedure calls for two parts; preservation of the breast milk and crafting the jewelry.

1. Breast Milk Preservation

You require the following:

  • 20-50ml of breast milk.
  • Appropriate preservative. You can purchase this from art shops dealing in breast milk jewelry and online retailers like Amazon.
  • A medium sized baking paper.
  • And two saucepans of different sizes.

Procedure

Fill the bigger saucepan halfway with water and insert the smaller one containing the breast milk. Heat the bigger saucepan until the water starts to boil. Add the preservative to the now heated breast milk and stir it till some bits begin to stick to your stirring rod. Spread it on the baking paper and place it in a cool and dry place. Leave it for 48hrs to dry. Then using a teaspoon or your mini blender, grind it to a fine powder. Store this powder in a cool and dry place for use anytime you need to make jewelry.

2. Crafting the Jewelry

You can use the dried breast milk directly on a pendant and cure it with UV light. But for a more customized approach, read on.

What you require:

  • Resin (you can buy them together with the preservative).
  • Jewelry molds.
  • Shimmer tint (optional).

Procedure

Create a clean crafting area free from obstacles. Pour about 4mls of the resin into a cup then 2mls of the hardener and stir for 3minutes. Add a pinch of the powdered breast milk to the mix above and stir well. At this point, I usually add some shimmer tint, plus my baby’s signature item such as hair, eyebrows, or nails to the mixture while stirring. Let it rest for 2 minutes. The additions are optional.

Now pour the concoction into your mold and leave it to set for about 12hours. It sets quicker because the breast milk used was already dry. Polish it if you need to and attach to any form of jewelry using the appropriate glue.

The Cheats Way

The Easier way out is to purchase a breast milk jewelry kit. These come with all the tools you require and detailed instructions. They usually retail for less than $30 depending on the designs.

The essential items in a simple kit are the solvents (usually 2), the pendant, and the stirring rod. Other kits come with more complex instructions so be sure to follow them to the latter for best results. Mix the two solvents with your breast milk as instructed (normally ¼ to ½ teaspoon of milk). Stir for 5-10 minutes and once the mixture turns white, pour it into the pendant mold. You can also add glitters, baby hair, baby nails, or anything you think of at this point.

The mixture hardens as you continue pouring, so this is your chance to get creative. You can swirl it towards the top to get a wavy effect or pour it in a dome-shaped manner. When you finish, leave the pendant in the same spot to dry for at least 1 to 3 days. If you move it around, you could mess with your design. After 3 days, your pendant will have solidified. And you can now attach it to a necklace or any form of chain-linked jewelry.

Why I Love My Breast Milk Jewelry

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  1. Longer-Than-Life Memory: Instead of wearing ornaments for beauty purposes, how about having an art piece that also represents an incredible adventure. Yes, it’s a dwarf in size but a giant in the memories it holds in itself.
  2. Stronger Mother to Child Bond: If there is one blessing that will beat any other, that should be motherhood. Why? Because it’s held by selflessness and unconditional love!
  3. A Potential Hand-Me-Down: Imagine gifting your offspring some of your breast milk jewelry when they get their first child. It will fill their heart with so much joy, courage, and inspiration. I’m not sure if I’ll do that personally, because I’m too attached to my jewelry. They rekindle fond memories and remind me of how blessed I am.

The Bottom Line

I strongly believe in creating items that leave long-lasting memories. My first breast milk jewelry has my baby’s hair intertwined in the pendant. It reminds me of when I first shaved him. The second one has a grain of rice in it. That’s the time I first weaned him. The third one is in the shape of a tiny baby foot. It reminds me of when he took his first step. And so on and so forth. Do the same with your jewelry and you’ll have powerful memories of your kids to last you centuries (or maybe forever). These babies grow up very fast.

Rachel is a mom of two boys, a wife, and a part-time chef. By trying and testing new parenting trends she takes her motherhood to the next level! She finds that she processes things better when she writes about them, which has unleashed her passion for sharing her thoughts on life and parenting through her articles for SOLANCHA Magazine.

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These Signs From The Universe Cannot Be Ignored!

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Everyone can see Signs from the Universe – wise advice “from above”. Unfortunately, not everyone notices or recognizes them. Good news is we can learn how to see these signs. It’s not so difficult to do because they always come at the right time and in the most accessible way for each of us. The main thing is to pay attention so you do not miss them and correctly interpret them.

In this article, I want to tell you about the most common signs from the Universe that everyone can see.

SUBTLE SIGNS FROM ABOVE

These signs from the Universe can only be heard by calming the thoughts. Listen to your heart! Feel the emotions you are experiencing. If you feel fear, irritability, discomfort, apathy, then what you are doing now does not correspond to your purpose, it is not your choice, it is not what you really want. If you feel joy, the rise of vitality, the desire to “move mountains”, then what you’re doing resonates with your purpose! Proceed! Everything will turn out in the best way for you!

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Subtle signs from the Universe can also be received in the form of random, seemingly thoughts, guesses, ideas, insights, intuition, dreams. Pay attention to any little thing. The more often you start noticing the messages “from above”, the more often such information will come to you. Listen to your inner voice, trust yourself, believe in yourself!

FRIENDLY “PAT ON THE SHOULDER”

If you do not listen to your intuition, to your heart, to your soul, then the Universe takes the next step to “Wake” you up by giving you a friendly “pat on the shoulder.” These messages from the Universe can be manifested in small failures and accidents such as slipping out of the blue, someone stepping on your foot, a car may almost hit you, late for work, you can break your heel, the pipe leaked and water flooded the house, a runny nose happened or another mild illness.

Do not rush to complain and express negative emotions! Stop right there, watch yourself and what is happening! Just try to remember the latest events, arguments or misunderstanding with people, the emotions that you have experienced recently. If you understand everything correctly, you will stop a series of such signs from the Universe.

LANGUAGE OF SYNCHRONICITY

How does this Sign work? It’s simple. If you need to meet a certain person, it will happen. If you need any information you will definitely receive it – from the TV, the book opened on an “accidentally” selected page, from a conversation of people “accidentally” found talking nearby.

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Be attentive to the synchronicities! There are no such things as “accidental coincidences” in life. Everything comes at the right time for us.

THE SIGNS FROM THE UNIVERSE IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS

Almost everyone at least once experienced the feeling of being protected from tragic situations. I’m sure you heard about such situations when people missed their flight on a plane that crashed. Or, about people who canceled their trips right before a natural disaster (such as an earthquake) happened in the place where they were going for a vacation.

We often suffer from traffic jams, though, these situations can be taken as the desire of the Universe just to slow us down. Sometimes we are in a rush and miss something important in our life. By putting us into traffic the Universe is just trying to force us to calm our minds and hear our Higher Selves. The main trick is to remember about this while you’re in traffic and not starting to complain. Keep in mind that everything that happens to you is necessary for your Highest good!

The same kind of Signs we receive through the violation of important contracts, betrayal of loved ones, troubles at work, at school, serious health complications, etc. If you are offended by such situations and complain about the injustice of life, it may turn out that you do not pass these life lessons and aggravate your situation.

SIGNS OF LOSS, FAILURE AND SERIOUS HEALTH COMPLICATIONS

Usually, after those signs from the Universe that you didn’t understand in small life situations, a time comes of tougher life lessons. This is not because the Universe is upset or mad at you. But because these lessons are necessary for you right now. You need these life lessons for your Highest good, for your spiritual growth and development.

You may receive these signs from the Universe in a form of breaking up with your partner, the lack of money, or diseases. These signs can be materialized in different unpleasant situations: from the most minor ailments (such as a runny nose, sneezing, and colds) to the most severe, chronic diseases, including those that the doctors call “incurable”.

Do not get attached to your past by cultivating your grievances, claims, as well as guilt, inferiority, which often provoke severe, chronic diseases. Listen to your body!

If you want to stop all these disasters in your life you need to make big changes! Review your life, let go of what doesn’t serve you anymore and stay positive! This is the only way to stop the series of disasters.

SIGNS FROM THE UNIVERSE THAT COME THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE

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If the universe cannot “reach out” to us in any other way, we can receive messages through books, movies, articles, lectures, seminars, through people with psychic abilities, or even through casual meetings.

There are times when a movie or a book can change a person’s whole life, forcing him (her) to reconsider his (her) views, habits, and whole lifestyle.

If somebody’s inviting you to seminars, spiritual talks, or yoga classes, you can interpret this as the “helping hand” from the Universe! But it’s completely up to whether accept it or not (according to the Universal Law Of Free Will).

The Bottom Line

As I already mentioned before, everyone receives signs from the Universe. All we need to do is just look for these signs in everything that happens to us! And, if we are able to understand, accept and use these signs for our development (instead of complaining about them), then life will become more interesting, joyful, and conscious!

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Symptoms And Signs Of Spiritual Awakening

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Often spiritual awakening happens so spontaneously that many people are confused by what is happening to them. If you are experiencing life changes and feel that you are no longer the person you used to be, it is helpful to know the symptoms and signs of spiritual awakening. It is quite possible that you are in the process of spiritual awakening but do not know about it yet.

What Is Spiritual Awakening?

Spiritual awakening is a reconnection of your material self with your spiritual self. A person who has experienced spiritual awakening realizes that he (she) is not his (her) name, physical body, mind, or personality that he (she) is used to consider himself (herself). In fact, spiritual awakening is an awareness of your spiritual nature.

Spiritual awakening does not necessarily associate with religion as it also happens outside religions.

This is not always a simple and pleasant process. During spiritual awakening, lots of changes happen at different levels: physical, mental, emotional and social. But all these changes always for the best, because the Universe is cleansing the space for something new and good to come.

Let’s look at the signs and symptoms of spiritual awakening. But first of all, I would like to note that each person has his own unique signs because this process is very individual. In this article, I will list only the General symptoms and signs of spiritual awakening that are typical for most people.

Signs Of Spiritual Awakening

Crisis

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Often spiritual awakening begins with life changes, and, it may seem that these changes affect you in a negative way. But in reality, such changes lead to spiritual awakening, liberation from illusions and greater understanding of the Truth. If you’re experiencing a number of serious changes in life, it is not a reason to be discouraged, rather it is a reason to start focusing on prayer, study of sacred knowledge, and the communication with spiritual mentors. Take some time for thinking, analyzing and writing about what is happening to you. Pay attention to details and signs, and stay open to new experience. In fact, spiritual awakening is a joyful event that frees us from all unnecessary things.

Interest in new issues

An important sign of spiritual awakening is the emergence of important questions like: “Who am I? How does the world work? What is Truth? How do I gain liberation?” If you have a genuine interest in finding answers, then these questions will lead you in the right direction. Studying the sacred books, meditation and journaling will help you find the answers.

Increasing conversations with yourself

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You’ll find yourself talking to yourself more often. Suddenly you may notice that you’ve been talking to yourself for the last 30 minutes. Inside you, a new kind of communication is born, and you see only the top of the iceberg in these conversations with yourself. These conversations will grow and they will become more lively, more connected and more insightful. You’re not going crazy, you’re just moving into a new phase of your development. I recommend you write down the most insightful parts of these conversations.

Feeling alone, even surrounded by people

You can feel lonely and disconnected from people. You may want to avoid crowds and groups. You have to understand that you follow a lonely and sacred path. Even though you’re feeling lonely and anxious, it’s hard for you to relate to people. You need to understand that this time will pass and the emptiness inside will be filled with the love and divine energy.

Activity at the top of the head: tingling, itching, irritation, as if something is crawling on the scalp and/or down the spine.

The feeling of energy vibration in the upper part of the head, as if the energy of the shower is pouring out of the head. It may feel as if the energy is emitted through the top of the head in the form of “splashes”. You may also feel pressure on the top of your head as if someone was pressing a finger into the center of your head. You don’t need to worry about these feelings. What you’re experiencing is the opening up of the Crown chakra.

Sudden changes in work or career

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It is one of the most common signs of spiritual development. As you change, everything around you changes too. Don’t worry about finding a “perfect” job or career. It will eventually come. You are in a transition period now and can change a few jobs before you find one that fits your aspirations.

A disconnection with your family

You’re connected to your biological family through old karma. When you break the karmic cycle, the bonds of old relationships break. It may seem that you are moving away from your family and friends. But it is temporary. After a while, you can build a new relationship with them, if that’s what’s meant to be. However, these relations will be based on new energy, without karmic bindings.

The desire to find a soul mate or twin flame

Much more than ever, the idea that you can have a relationship that is consistent with who you truly are is growing stronger. You want to have a conscious relationship, meet your soulmate or twin flame.

Changes in food preferences: a refusal of meat, craving for fresh and healthy food

 

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The fact is that your body begins to vibrate at a higher frequency. And therefore now needs high-quality food. Don’t deny what your body says you need to eat. Listen to your body.

The unusual nature of the sleep

Another common sign of spiritual awakening is that very often you will wake up between 2 and 4 am. There’s a lot of energy work is going on inside you, and it often leads to waking up. Don’t worry. If you can’t sleep, get up and do something instead of lying in bed and worrying. It is also temporary.

Intense dreams

They can include dreams about wars and battles, persecution, monsters, etc. You literally release the old energy from within, and these energies of the past are often symbolized in the form of wars, search for a way out and horror stories. It will also pass.

Heart palpitation

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The opening of the Heart chakra may be accompanied by the acceleration of the heart. This only lasts a few minutes and means that the heart is rebalanced after an emotional release. Remember to talk to your doctor about health conditions that concern you. Then you will know for sure that this condition is not associated with health problems.

Invisible presence

There’s a variety of examples. Some people report that they feel that they are surrounded by some beings at night, or that someone is touching or talking to them. Often they wake up as from a push. Some also feel that their bodies are enclosed in a vibrating ball. These vibrations are caused by energy changes as a result of emotional purification.

Electrical and mechanical faults

You may notice that next to you light bulbs flicker, computers crash or radio devices fail.

Increased intuitive abilities and Altered States of consciousness

When you think of someone, you immediately hear from them. Synchronicities happen all the time. You may receive sudden insights about events from the past. You discover psychic abilities, out of body experiences and other psychic phenomena.

Feeling more connected with animals and plants

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Animals now seem more “human” in their behavior. You are less afraid of wild animals. Plants respond to your love and attention more than ever. You may even receive messages from them.

Flashes of creativity

You’re getting images, ideas, music and other creative inspirations at a stunning speed.

You live your purpose

You know you’re finally doing what you came to Earth for. You get new skills and abilities, especially for healing. Your experience of life and your activities now come together and make sense. You are finally starting to use it all.

Signs, visions, numbers, and symbols

You see what has a spiritual importance to you. Now you notice how the numbers appear synchronically in your consciousness. There’s a message in all this if you take time to think about it.

You find a spiritual path

Suddenly you reach a perspective you’ve never thought of before. You are eager to know more. You read, share with others, ask questions and go deep inside to learn more about who you are and why you are here.

You look younger

When you clean up emotional problems and let go of limiting beliefs and “heavy baggage” from the past, you really start to glow more and more. Your frequency is increasing. You start to love yourself and life more and more. You look and feel younger. You begin to look like your perfect true self, who you really are.

Physical disorientation

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Sometimes you will feel very “unearthly”. You will feel as if you can’t put both feet on the ground, or as if you’re walking between two worlds. While your consciousness moves into the new phase, your body sometimes lags behind it. Spend more time in nature to help ground yourself. It is also temporary.

Lucid dreaming

Sometimes your dreams are so real that you wake up confused. It’s hard for you to understand if it’s a dream or reality. Very often your dreams can be mystical messages to you. And in some dreams, you just know that you’re not “sleeping” and that what’s happening is real.

A sense of Unity with all

This is a direct experience of Integrity, a transcendental consciousness. You’re overflowing with compassion and love for life and all living creatures. Compassion and unconditional love for all elevate you to higher levels of consciousness and joy.

A deep desire to come back Home

This is perhaps the most difficult and challenging part. You may have a deep and overwhelming desire to leave the planet and come back Home. This desire is not based on anger or dissatisfaction with something. You don’t want to make a big deal out of it and create drama for yourself and others. It’s just one part of you that longs for spiritual unification. The reason for this is quite simple. You’ve finished much of your karmic cycle and are now striving for spiritual perfection.  You are now ready to start a new life, a rebirth of sorts while remaining in the same physical body.

You need to understand that your Spirit needs you here. There will come a time when some people will need a human Mentor like you who’s already passed this awakening phase.

The Bottom Line

Life never gives us a challenge that we cannot handle. And every time we overcome the most difficult challenges we only become stronger. The same with spiritual awakening. It’s not easy to go through it but once we’re done we become completely new stronger versions of ourselves. No matter how dark and lonely your journey may seem at times, remember that you are never alone.

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11 Most Extraordinary Yoga Quotes

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I collect quotes. I like to look for wise sayings when I feel depressed or when I need to change something in my mind. Quotes inspire me and remind me of what is really important in life. I write them down on stickers and stick them on my desktop or mirror. For those of you who are looking for inspiration and wisdom, I want to share with you a selection of my favorite yoga quotes. I believe these wise sayings can be a great tool for inspiration. Enjoy!

#1

Yoga is not a therapy. In the West many psychological therapies are now prevalent, and many Western psychologists think that Yoga is also a therapy. It is not! It is a discipline. And what is the difference? This is the difference: a therapy is needed if you are ill, a therapy is needed if you are diseased, a therapy is needed if you are pathological. A discipline is needed even when you are healthy. Really, only when you are healthy can a discipline then help. It is not for pathological cases.

– Osho

#2

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Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.

– Bob Harper

#3

Yoga is not about touching your toes. It is what you learn on the way down.

– Jigar Gor

#4

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The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.

– Yogi Bhajan

#5

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.

– Amit Ray

#6

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Smiling is mouth yoga.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

#7

One of the fundamental principles of yoga: a small action done repeatedly can make an enormous difference.

– Dr. Timothy McCall

#8

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Yoga is for internal cleansing, not external exercising. Yoga means true self-knowledge.

– Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

#9

Where is the delusion when truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is death when the Breath is controlled? Therefore surrender to Yoga.

– T. Krishnamacharya

#10

The word yoga is the same as the English word “yoke”. So in the New Testament when Jesus Christ says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light,” my interpretation is that he’s referring to yoga. It means “union” – Union of the body, mind and the spirit as one continuum of consciousness.

– Deepak Chopra

#11

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Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony.

– Debasish Mridha

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