As mothers, we are co-creating with the Great Mystery to bring new life to the planet. It is an awesome experience no matter what, yet sometimes we get so involved in the many aspects of living that quality space or time for self-reflection is simply left out. Quality time sounds nice, but it may seem like adding one more thing to the “to do list”. However, there are benefits to slowing down with the pregnancy, such as, lowering our responses to stress, sleeping better, feeling less anxiety, and being more confident. This is healthy for the physical body and protective of the baby’s health as well.
In my practice I assist women to create quality time in ways that are simple, effective and practical. One is a visualization that I call The Nurturing Place, which becomes an “anchor place” to be used continually. It is a place that is safe and comfortable in every way. Women use it by visiting it before sleep, or when stopping to slow down to put their feet up. Visualizations are effective because the inner mind-body (subconscious) does not distinguish between reality and illusion. It perceives both as real and takes everything literally!
To develop the Nurturing Place, begin with some slow deep breathing in a comfortable position for a few minutes. With the eyes closed, then begin a body scan with the intention of identifying areas where you may unconsciously be holding tension. Once aware of tension you can release it. This process leads one into deep relaxation rather easily and quickly. With curiosity, observe what comes up when you ask for a nurturing place to come to mind that would be safe and comfortable, emotionally, mentally and physically. With all of your senses, notice every detail of the place as well the qualities that you are presently enjoying.
Spending time in the peaceful Nurturing Place will allow you to deeply let go and to be at home with yourself. You will receive the benefits of the natural place as if actually resting in the deep shade of a tree, or daydreaming in a meadow of flowers or breathing in the ambiance of a waterfall pool- being present, at ease, comfortable and peaceful. This reflective time is very restorative and contributes to the woman’s wellbeing for birthing or in pregnancy.
“When a woman is ready for healing – I love seeing her shift from fear and doubt to confidence and empowerment. It can be simple with just a little support.”
Nancy Passed away October 16th 2015 – She was a wealth of experience helping women navigate important life challenges as well as simple everyday stresses. Birth work was a strong part of her practice after years of midwifery and hypnotherapy. She loved using her unique skill set for working with pregnancy, assisting others heal from issues of fertility, illness and loss including past trauma (medical or other). She also taught local workshops in shamanic journeying and healing.
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