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The Art of Tantric Living

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 26, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)



Many people have heard of Tantra.

Here is a modern definition according to Urbandictionary.com:

Tantra is not well understood in the western world, but is a key to healthy living and awareness that can transform you into the person you were meant to be.

The Sanskrit word Tantra is related to the concept of weaving and expansion- it derives from 'tan', meaning to expand, spin out, and weave. We weave the strands of our nature into a unified whole. Tantra takes the approach that one should not only not reject the body and its desires, but actually embrace them on the road to enlightenment. Tantra shares the view that sexual intercourse can be a sacrament and a means of spiritual transformation. Tantra is the transformation of vital energy in all its permutations ultimately toward the goal of spiritual attundement and enlightenment. In this context sexual relations become sacred.

This is a fairly good description of Tantra! But, as most of the time is true, it focuses on sex as being the route to a tantric experience.

Truthfully, tantric sex is not the only avenue of expression. Tantra is in fact, more of a lifestyle than an activity. In practices such as Buddhism or Hinduism, tantra is the practice of incorporating docterines in everyday life. Outside of these spiritual identities tantra is a practice of being present in the moment, and enjoying all that it has to offer. It is a practice of connecting and unifying with the world around you.

A tantric lifestyle is one of passion, vulnerability, strength, attention; it is a practice of living in the present and taking the time to intentionally enjoy common practices such as eating, drinking, bathing, walking, being, etc. A lot of these activites (pretty much all of them) can be done rather mindlessly if an intention to be present isn't set. In this way, living tantrically is like a living meditation. Allowing all of the bodily feelings, sensations, energy that is around to be recognized and taken in.

One does not need to practice tantra all day, every day to enjoy the peace-bringing benefits it can bring. Taking some time each day to be in silence with yourself, or do an activity in silence with the intention to take it in fully is one way of experiencing what tantra can bring to your life. Simple things such as eating a meal, cooking a meal, a daily stroll, listening to the sounds all around you, can become a pathway to greater acceptance, peace, and humility in the present moment. And while practicing this lifestyle, one may find themselves with an overall greater aura of peace.



Please feel free to comment below, and let me know what other topics you are interested in knowing more about or if you have any questions!


The Progression of the Joey Bada$$ Style

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

One day in 2014, I remember this occasion distinctly, I had someone from Germany message me through my store about a rap artist they loved named Joey Bada$$. He described a necklace that he wore in one of his youtube videos: "Going Home". This necklace consisted of a Quartz Pyramid on top, with a Malachite and Tigers Eye charm hanging from a long post made from wire. The customer asked me if I could replicate this design. I looked at it, studied it, came up with a plan of action in my mind, and confirmed with the customer that indeed could make this necklace for him.



I created the piece nearly identical to the one Joey Bada$$ has. Then began a whole new journey...

Of course I posted about the replication, like I always do, as an example of how succinctly I can bring someone's vision to life. I very soon found myself receiving messages from other people asking me to recreate this design for them. It seemed like, for a while, I had hit on a trending item and was always working on one piece or another. So many in fact, that I added the design to my Etsy store as a "ready to puchase" option. As I begin to continue making them I found that because each piece is unique, making them all exactly the same would hold better for some than for others. I started to alter the wiring to be more secure and form fitting than the original Joey Bada$$ piece. As I continued to make them I also started receiving requests for the design on a smaller scale - and found that these were far less bulky and easier to wear. To this day I tend to make the design on a smaller scale, but of course am always happy to accomodate to what the customer would like.




The most recent design that I made was both bulky and substituted a raw Tiger's Eye in place of the usual tumbled stone.





I love that even though the basic design of this necklace is the same, each one is so similar and unique. That's the trademark of having something handmade though - you get something truly one of a kind!


I had also found that in the popularization of this style, I was receiving requests for the design with different stones! I have worked on some really fun and unique pieces over these past few years including some of the following:




Those are only a couple examples of course. I have continued to use this design layout with the wire post throughout my designs, when I feel inspired to, and always keep at least a few offerings listed in my Etsy store!


If you feel inspired, please check out what I haved in stock. You can also order the original Joey Bada$$ style piece there as well. :)

Full Store:
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Joey Bada$$ Style Replica:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194765008/quartz-pyramid-malachite-and-tigers-eye?ga_search_query=joey&ref=shop_items_search_1

Affirmations

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 22, 2016 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Affirmations are one of the single most useful and effective tools for mental health. Seriously! Meditation gets a lot of hype, and while there are many forms of meditating usually everyone can find one they enjoy. It's so important to be present and listen to your thoughts, in order to recognize them. But then comes the question of - if you find out something that is bothering you, causing stress, etc. - how do you move out of it and let it go?

This is where the affirmations come in!

For example:

When I get frustrated with a single person. I can recognize this, and when I feel those feelings come up I can repeat to myself "Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have."

Or:

When I get anxious about going into a social situation, as I experienced today meeting some of my soon to be ex-in-laws for the first time, I can repeat to myself: "Everything is going to be okay." In this particular situation, it was more than okay. My son and I had a fantastic time.


So here's the course of action, and it can help tremendously with anxiety and depression as well to start taking these steps.

1. Tune into and recognize how you are feeling.

2. Accept it and validate these feelings as being ok.

3. Come up with an affirmation to move into a different emotional state.

In my metaphysical studies I have learned that chakras, energy centers, of the body are associated also with affirmations. In this way you can also use affirmations to clear up physical energy blocks. For example: the sacral chakra around the belly button is the center for creativity. If you are having stomach pain, repeating the affirmation "I am creative" can help to free up any energetic blocks that are beginning to manifest in your physical body.


Here are some simple affirmations to try for each chakra:

Crown (top of the head) - "I trust the universe."

Third Eye (forehead) - "I trust my intuition."

Throat (throat) - "I give myself and others permission to speak our truths."

Heart (chest) - "I allow myself to give and receive love."

Solar Plexus (ribcage)- "I am confident."

Sacral (belly button) - "I am creative."

Root (base of spine) - "I am safe."


These are very, very basic affirmations for those who are new to them - however I recommend experimenting with them and seeing how each makes you feel. There are also MANY more chakra points in the body depending on what kind of bodily energetics map you are looking at - these are the 7 basic points which I find people are most familiar with.


Enjoy! ❤️

 


Slowing the Pace

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 22, 2016 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I find it entertaining to think about how sometimes, and by that I mean a lot of the time, life gives me just what I need. Even when it doesn't seem like it.

I've had a pulled muscle in one of my calves for a couple days now. My first instinct is to say that I injured myself while running, but realistically I just woke up with it like that. I have a feeling it was stress induced tension that caused it. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I've had some rough moments these past days with my little one.

I usually will go for runs nearly every day, and do yoga a few times a week. I haven't been able to do either though, as I've been trying not to make the muscle sprain worse. I have been doing a lot of stretching and massaging to try and break up the tension, and initially during these tender moments I realized how much I really needed to slow down and take a break overall. It's so easy to get caught up in the daily life and tasks, and forget to take some time to enjoy quiet moments. In this country it's habitual to drink coffee and energy drinks constantly to GO-GO-GO from sunrise to sunset (or whatever our individual schedules are.) But as I have found when drinking coffee, and don't get me wrong I absolutely love it, it is much harder to just sit and absorb what is going on around me. I can thank this sprain for giving me a period of reflection - where I've been going on lots of leisurely walks to stay active, getting in closer touch with my emotions, taking a good hard look at myself, and easing into a greater comfort of where I am in life.

Today I took an hour and just lay on my freshly made bed, playing with and watching my little guy run around. I gave my mind some space to wander, and learned a few things about myself. This period is exactly what I've been needing. In the midst of this time, I am also feeling and seeing love manifest around me and in the lives of people I am close to. It's a really beautiful thing to watch unfold.

Ode to Parenthood

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 20, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)



This past 24 hours has been about as put together as Phoenix's socks here. It's been the epitome of the stereotypical moments where having a child makes the world seem like it's turning backwards, and you wonder how you are going to make it through.

Between teething and entering the "terrible two" stage of development, I've about wanted to rip my hair out. I found myself wishing on several occasions that Phoenix's father was around to help me. (Of course the reality of this is a whole mess of assumptions. Whether influenced culturally or biologically, I know I presume and expect that just because a father is around means he will actually be of the extent of help that I am looking for.) It really takes a lot for me to have these thoughts. In this case it's an extended several day period of frequent tantrums out of frustration, and then being faced with a night of minimal sleep. This poor little guy is not nearly at fault. He is in a stage where his brain is moving faster than his coordination - as succinctly described by my mother - and several molars coming in at the same time. To keep all of our sanity we've been spending a lot of time outside and strolling around our immediate area.

This morning I had about had it. We woke up and as I tried to get us both back to sleep, I found that every minuscule movement I made resulted in Phoenix's little head popping right up to make sure I hadn't left him. I decided it was a better idea to just get up. I had thought about going for a run, but since I pulled a muscle yesterday decided an Epsom salt/baking soda bath was a better idea. Phoenix played in the water while I soaked. At one point he tried to reach a bath sponge, and slid right over the slippery tub side face first into the water. It was pretty hilarious, I had a hard time not laughing at his startled self! After a while I proceeded to shower and make breakfast to the sound of impatient screams. Who needs music when you have high pitched squeals to listen to?!

I ended up making some gluten free toast with Earth Balance to soothe the screaming beast while I concocted a probiotic green smoothie for us to enjoy. It worked rather well temporarily. He ended up eating two helpings of the smoothie before I cut him off so I could have some!

Before I had the chance to even finish my smoothie he was "asking" to go for a walk. And by asking I mean standing by the stroller and screaming at the top of his lungs. Some day we'll have this whole communication thing down enough to where it won't be so ear piercing. I rushed to get ready and decided that today was a good day to try the Bulletproof Coffee at Clover Juice Bar across the street. It turned out to be okay, but not quite as smooth as I need my coffee to be. My sensitive stomach doesn't handle acidity very well! We came home to doctor it up, and I was still happy because I don't usually put the coconut oil and grass-fed butter in my coffee that the man at Clover had added.

I reflected on this morning as we were walking, and remembered how much we can affect the progression of our days with a simple choice. We can choose to wallow in our anger or sadness, frustration or impatience - or we can decide that we want to feel happy, content, or positive and figure out way to get there. It's not always easy, it's not always possible right away, but it is possible overall. I'm always amazed how a simple assertion that I'm not going to let some minuscule events, that probably won't matter a week or a month from now, can impact how I feel and the course of my future to come. It involves taking a moment to look at things objectively, from a different perspective than the emotional one I feel stuck in. It is, however, one of the greatest blessings I can give myself and my son - the fluidity to let go and choose to live in the present, uninhibited and shed of all the stressful chains life can string upon me. And, as with a lot of things, the more this art of choosing happiness is used the easier it gets to continue to!






Turquoise Nest Rings!

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 20, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I've made a variety of different "nest" or "orbital" rings along the way. The style was one I came up with on my own in a moment of inspiration. That's not to say  that it's completely new or different - I pulled it from the void of all possibilites, which others can do as well!

I was able to get my hands on some striking natural, genuine Turquoise beads recently with the intention of using them for rings. (Although, thinking about it as I am writing this, I have so many I may create a bracelet as well!)

Here are the images I took of the new design:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/294532053/turquoise-band-stacking-ring-wirewrapped?ref=listings_manager_grid" target="_blank">



To order one in your size, you can click any of the images or click https://www.etsy.com/listing/294532053/turquoise-band-stacking-ring-wirewrapped?ref=listings_manager_grid" target="_blank">HERE.


Thank you for being a part of this journey! :)

Trust the Process

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 19, 2016 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When life gets overwhelming, it's important to take time to slow down. It's important to trust the process. It takes time to manifest your dreams. They say "Rome wasn't built in a day" to symbolize that the greatest achievements do not come to fruition right away. DO NOT GIVE UP. When life is already slow, take the time to absorb the moment. Take the time to nurture your trust in the universe, God, Mother Earth, CHI - whatever you choose to call the force behind this crazy beautiful life.



Inspiration

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 19, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Found this great poster the other day - I hung it across from our bed so that it's the first thing I see when I wake up! ��


Blue Lace Agate

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 19, 2016 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Lately I've created a couple Blue Lace Agate beauties in silver, the following is one of them!






This one in the picture was a custom order based off of a similar creation I made. I ended up ordering a handful of these earth and sky stones to experiment with in different styles. This is the one I just listed tonight!






It is made with gold-filled wire and chain. :)

You can purchase this creation https://www.etsy.com/listing/294390213/long-blue-lace-agate-pendant-necklace" target="_blank">~HERE~


And feel free to message me if you would like one of the loose pieces to be used in a custom order!

Custom Tanzanite Bracelet

Posted by elenahuerta10 on May 17, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

FIrst I want to "WOW" you with the final product of this creation. It was ordered by one of my return customers as a present for her mother!





This design is so fun to make! I've done two for this lady so far, one Aventurine power piece and one that was made in honor of her love for the show Sailor Moon. I would post pictures of those here as well, however my computer is currently being worked on and I don't have the tiles available at the moment. At a later date I will. I can't half-ass this; I need to show you the large, full quality image. :)


I ordered a piece of Tanzanite that turned out to be WAY larger than I had intended. I communicated with my customer and we decided to cut it down to a smaller size that her mother would like. I broke out my lapidary skills, and first I split the piece (Top Left.) Both chunks were still a little large, so I picked the niecest/cleanest one and started chipping pieces off with a hammer (Top Right.) I continued as directed by my customer until I arrived at the final piece in the bottom picture!




The next step was wirewrapping the Tanzanite, which I did very delicately. The texture is much like glass, so I had to take care with the wire to make sure I wasn't chipping the edges as I went. I did also sand down some of the sharper parts for safety reasons.

After that I started on the chain! I start with only wire to make the connectors and build the chain from scratch. It takes a lot of time and attention, but after the first few I get in a groove. I measure along the entire way to make sure the bracelet is the length requested by the customer. These particular beads are genuine Blue Sapphire.





After the chain is made, I added the tulip charms requested by the customer. I used open link connecting loops and place them in specific areas to complete the design. The following picture is the almost completed piece. I ended up added another set of tulips closer to the Tanzanite, simply because it looked much more concise that way. I created the clasp loop by hand out of wire, and then after the whole design was made I used small amounts (tiny dots) of strong glue in precise areas to better hold the handmade chain over time. On wirewraps I don't usually use any glue, but at specific times when I feel it is necessary or someone asks I am not opposed to doing so.






You can scroll back up to the top of this entry to remind yourself of the finished product! This style of design is available as a custom order, if you are interested please feel free to contact me through the website or Etsy store.

For those who would like more information on these stones, here are the metaphyscial properties I have researched:


Tanzanite

~Exploration of psychic powers

~Considered a “Stone of magic”

~Opens third eye and prevents inner knowing from becoming too overwhelming

~Useful for interpreting emotional experiences

~Strengthen immune system and strengthen vitality

~Energy of happiness and relief from worry

~Allows one to more easily speak heart’s true

~Most effective for linking Heart to Third Eye chakra

~Heightens spiritual growth


 

Blue Sapphire

~A protective crystal

~Aid for those seeking spiritual truth

~Assists one with self-discipline

~Love, commitment, and fidelity; traditionally popular for wedding rings

~Symbolizes wise and honest leadership

~Soothes insomnia, releases depression, and leads to feelings of lightness

~Brings calm and focus to the mind

~A good stone for those influenced by the opinions of others and helps one to be secure in their own opinions

~Helps one reach a better understanding of themselves and their intentions

~Useful in encouraging one to follow their dreams

 





Thank you for tuning in and joining me for this process! Please feel free to leave comments or questions below. :)


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