not numb, but present.
We may want to numb our pain--lessen it, diminish what bubbles up. What wants to emerge will reveal itself--we birth new meaning, discover an awareness we never knew before.
These are important and powerful moments if we move towards versus against. If we can get out of our way and allow our new lives to be born right before our exhausted eyes.
Birth calls us to slow down enough to allow space for another being to enter. Birth calls us to utilize our egos in service of the miraculous. How we choose to allow another to enter is crucial.
How often do you give space for others? How often do you allow yourself space for new realities to transform your life?
There is power in this capacity. We can develop our capability to access the power of holding space for the new--birth requires it.
We must learn to be present for these opportunities--life demands it of us.
not woman enough. not a woman.
We receive too many messages attempting to convince us we are not enough. Our embodied experiences are judged, diminished, gaslighted into believing birthing bodies should show up in particular ways--when they don't, we lose membership to a club we never wanted to belong to anyway.
The marginal who have swallowed whole not useful messages aid in maintaining the status quo. Birth is not business as usual and shouldn't be--we need to embrace the pregnant pause; to honor the moment.
Being a birth companion in this current ecosystem of controlling, judging, handling of bodies means to advocate for the complex humanity of the people involved in bringing a new being into existence. It means observing and unpacking the messages we have swallowed.
How useful can we be to a birthing person if our own thinking gets in their way?
Birth is a return to the instinctual. The body reminds you that there is knowledge in your literal bones. Birth demonstrates this sacred knowing in a manner no other force can. It needs to be witnessed. The vibration of it needs to be felt. Understood.
Birth is not painful--only a pitiful attempt to find language for a moment that repeats itself and yet is different every time. A myriad of possibility as unique as a fingerprint.
Birth is a surge of energies--an opening; a vortex.
The lifegiver/life-bringer becomes a bridge between worlds (the seen & the unseen) must hold the corridor in place to bring some "body" here.
The lifegiver's body transforms--changes, expands, opens up and is never the same--the body remembers, For a moment, we see things as they are . . .
Birth is a dangerous proposition in its instinctual state--absent of control. What would this world become if we remembered our deepest capacity for change?
Welcome to the blog for ATNSC: A PROJECT IN BIRTH. WORK. I will be documenting my journey to becoming a full spectrum birth doula, sharing information about birth, end of life companionship and other resources, images and good words regarding our commitments of being life-long learners engaging with these wonderful stages, phases, cycles we call life. Many thanks!