If we have learned one things from working with birth, it's that our state of mind really is what controls 90% of our reality. We have seen women "let go" and dilate or progress instantly. We hear time and time again, "really, as soon as I surrendered I: went into labor, dilated, had my baby, made more milk, etc.".
Self care is more important for caregivers than anyone else. Mothers are the life givers, sustaining our lives with theirs. Sometimes it's difficult to work in a reiki session, massage or manicure - but, with practice, meditation can become free, easy, and time efficient, which is perfect for busy mamas (and papas, too).
We have compiled this list of meditations available on You Tube and encourage you to set aside a minimum of 5 minutes per day to meditate and visualize.
This will help you:
- Train yourself to breathe and relax
- Alleviate fears and anxieties
- Create a daily practice which is beneficial for now and forever
- Manifest the outcome you desire - visualizing / praying / meditating are all ways to draw in what you want and focus on the positives
- Connect to your baby (and yourself - your inner voice)
TIP: Incorporate a scent (like lavender or something relaxing to you) when you meditate that you can use in your labor. Your mind will create a "trigger response" to that scent and sound of whatever you are meditating to and when you hear it in labor, you will more naturally respond to it by relaxing.
Our bodies mirror nature because they are nature. When our bodies reach full term and we are ready to go into labor, it can help to visualize yourself opening up as a flower blooms. When you are contracting it can help to listen to or watch the rise and swell of waves. Our minds are a powerful tool that can help or hurt our bodies ability to cooperate with the process of labor and delivery. By taking the time to eliminate our fears and anxieties and visualize ourselves doing exactly what our bodies were created to do we can help ourselves achieve our goals.
Check out these videos. Breathe. Visualize yourself opening like a beautiful flower. Connect with your body and let it know that you are ready.
"We would never force a rose to bloom..."