Meditation has helped me remain aware and adherent to my intuition during pregnancy.
As I choose where to place energy and spend focus, the conversations I’ve had often lead to the experiences and energy I create in my home. As I’ve approached my due date, mixed emotions swell, and sensitivity to comments can leave me feeling unravelled in moments of discomfort and anxious feelings.
Meditation practice has helped me return to the reality of the miracle that is occurring, and have compassion for my emotions, physical body and the people surrounding me as we all eagerly await our daughters arrival.
Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief cause
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of achievement
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well-lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day.
Meditation is medicine. For the sleepless nights, the moments feeling unmoored and the spaces in between, meditation grants me awareness of my emotions, perspective and acceptance.
What is the intention for practice?
Lately, to identify the emotions taking my attention, and to use specific essential oils to help me feel uplifted, or let go, or trust, or clear space. I begin by finding the breath, scanning the body with a focus on sensations, while I allow thoughts to come and go as they please. When I become distracted, I return to the breath.
Sometimes, simply closing the eyes and tuning in to the sounds around me is all I need. One hand on heart, one on belly. Feeling the flow of breath moving through me, connecting to my baby, connecting to myself. Shifting to thoughts of loving kindness to others, myself and baby. May I be happy, may I be peaceful, may I be a ease. Completing when I access a sense of thankfulness.
As I soften, I find a broader range of compassion. Wherever you find yourself on your journey, this moment is the one that matters. As a pregnant woman, amidst a mystery, past my due date, now presents an opportunity to sit with the unknown, and surrender to the beauty.