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Retiring a Piercing Can Be Spiritual, Too
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February 19, 2011
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Tiffany Hahn
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I got my navel pierced for my 21st birthday. It was a happy time in my life. It marked a lot of changes. Independence. I was able to maintain that navel piercing through playing volleyball in college and later, two pregnancies.

On my 32nd birthday, my grandfather passed away. He saw me through college, and yes, through two pregnancies. In his honor, I decided to retire or remove the jewelry from my navel piercing and let it heal. My piercings are so much a part of my life, this was a huge sacrafice. It was meant to honor a great man in a way that was very personal to me.

I encourage people to use body modification as rites of passage, to mark new beginnings or much needed endings… There are numerous ways that body modification can help you grow spiritually and personally. But the lesson here is, the absence of body modification has a lesson to teach, as well.

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February 23, 2011
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i myself have retired my septum . The purpose of it was to hurt the part of my body that put me through so much for a year. I was a cocaine addict. When I came to the point of quiting or dieing I gave it up and so started the hell that would be my rehab. I did self rehab and quit and got sober on my own will-power. As a rememberance of what not to put up my nose I had a ring installed . As the years went on (4 years ) I had a constent reminder. Now that Im clean and away from that tourment I have retired it as a way to say i have moved on with that chapter of my life. I was a rite of passage for me .

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February 23, 2011
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Exactly. I'm glad to hear that your septum piercing served you well, both as a reminder to quit and having retired it to mark having passed that part of your life.

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February 26, 2011
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I want to do my own Frenulum . Is there any advice before I do so. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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March 2, 2011
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What an excellent reason to retire a piercing. All of my retirements have been negative (such as enlisting in the military, only to find that I was disqualified after my various holes closed), rejection, etcetera.

I absolutely hate the retirement of a piercing, but your reason is superb. Smile

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March 9, 2011
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thank you

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March 12, 2011
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My main methods of modification besides piercing is abrasion/incision and impact/bruising. The healing process is a very important part for me, and if it can help you heal physically, mentally and/or spiritually at the same time, that is even more wonderful.

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