Mami Wata – Mother Water

I had a honor of being a part of my fellow yogini’s project called Mami Wata earlier this year.

I was asked to design a colorful, strong mala beads that reflect the vibes and energy of the African spirit. I must say that wasn’t the easiest thing ever, but i did my very best!

Go and read the story behind the pics and the water spirit Mami Wata as well as the awesome Fela Kuti inspired make up here!

Model: Wambui Njuguna

Clothes: Kismet Yoga Style

Pics: Lars Kastilan

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A Job You Can Only Do With Your Heart

Being a mom is surely one of the most demanding job on Earth! And think about it, there is no pre-training for this magnificent and life changing position you are given all at once.

All you can do is just jump in and do your best, especially when you sometimes (often!) have no clue what to do. No manuscript available, only your own beliefs and vague ideas about how to raise children.

Double the fun by putting your parenting skills togerther with your partner’s vision of upbringing children. And you know that the whole thing is upgraded totally to the next level when your mom will share her brilliant ideas about raising kids!

I totally understand! But do not get discouraged, read my Top 3 Advice to new parents and you can kiss goodbye to the nagging voices around you:

1. DRB

This is the most important one if you want to decrease the confusion factor with the parenting stuff. Don’t Read Books. Parents today have dozens of voices proclaiming the “right way” to raise a child. At some point, though, those voices just become noise that drowns out a our most valuable resource: gut instinct.

2. Take time for yourself

Remember to put yourself on your priority list. Look, you must understand that not all the things are equally important. You may think that urgent things are the most important, but hear this: you will take care of the urgent things anyway, so your priority list must include the things that are important to you.

So, book an appointment for a good massage therapist or go to a yoga class. Your baby is going to be just fine during that two hours you are going to invest in your own wellbeing. And yes, that will benefit your family as well!

3. Don’t take anything personally

Let’s picture the scene: two sleep deprived parents, a house with gazillion things waiting to be done, a job, maybe even a dog and a baby. Juggling with dozens of balls at the same time can make you wonder if somebody has just opened a can of worms under your roof.

If it is your partner or your child, or even your boss that suddenly seem to have revealed a new nasty side of himself, don’t take their words personally. Try that 24 hours and see how good it feels to you! That will let other people off the hook and you can be surprised how much more relaxed you are.

Still it is an immense gift and blessing to have a baby. It is almost impossible to wrap your mind around that amount of love and wonder which is handed out to you.

Kahil Gibran has described the relationship between parents and children so beautifully in his poem On Children, so I let him to put it into words. On Children is one of my favorite poems and it is always hard to read the words without tears in my eyes.

 

I also got a wonderful opportunity to design this beautiful Rose Quartz Mala for a name giving ceremony of a baby girl. A lovely gift from the parents to their tiny one! It is something she can wear as a grown-up and carry as a reminder of that special day.

rose quartz custom mala

Now I would like to hear from you! Have you ever feel confused with your kids and what did you do to master the situation? Leave a comment and share your best parenting practices with others. I’m sure you have many of them!

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With love, Eeva

As Seen On An Afrofashionista!

Heart of Joy’s mala beads featured on stunning pictures of Wambui Njuguna by Lars Kastilan! A wonderful surprise for me to discover the pics on the social media. So friends, enjoy these sweet candies here and go over to Facebook to savor the rest of the treats from the shoot!

And psssst…You can win a fashion accessory featured on the shoot by attending the contest on Wambui’s blog. Go there and leave a comment!

Much love, Eeva
wambui njuguna

wambui njuguna

wambui njuguna

Win A Heart of Joy Japa Mala!

Dearest Friends,

GREAT news for you! The new Sankalpa Mala Collection is now on the Mala Shop and you can win a black agate mala by letting me know what is your favorite mala in the collection!

This unique Black Agate Mala (value 52 €) is a protective one and gives courage, emotional strength and self-confidence. These qualities of agate make the mala superior for easing anxiety and stress!

 

Black Agate Mala
Black Agate Mala

The comment box below is thirsty for your opinion about the best mala in the Sankalpa Mala Collection. The contest ends on 13th of July 2014 and the winner will be announced the very next day on the blog.

Good luck!!!

 

Sankalpa Mala Collection


Much love, Eeva

Shanti Mantra

 

lotus flower

Oṁ Saha nāvavatu
saha nau bhunaktu
Saha vīryam karavāvahai
Tejasvi nāvadhītamastu
Mā vidviṣāvahai
Oṁ Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ

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May Brahman protect us both together, may he nourish us both together. May we both work together with great energy. May our study be vigorous and effective. May we never hate each other. May peace – physical, mental and spiritual be on us forever.