Meditation For Birth And Living
Meditation is certainly getting a lot of press these days and I couldn’t be happier because I know personally the value and benefits of practicing it on a daily basis.
This past week-end there was a news report on it and what I LOVED about it is – it talks about children learning meditation and how it can change behavior … in all of us!
Meditation was an activity only Monks or Buddhists did. But today anyone can do it without associating it to a religious group or practice. Or even being seen as a “Hippy” 60’s thing to do!
Those days are gone.
Meditation now is associated with overall general well-being and good health. It is a personal practice of self-care that has the ability to heal the body, decrease stress and illness, decrease pain, alleviate depression, and enhance the birthing process.
It’s easy, doesn’t cost a penny, and available to you anytime, anywhere because where ever you go, it’s always there with you ready to be tapped into.
How to do it:
- sit upright in a chair, on the floor crossed legged – if that’s comfortable to you. Sit upright with attention to what you are doing
- close your eyes
- focus on your breathing – acknowledge its rhythm, avoid speeding it up or slowing it down, just let it be and pay attention to it.
Start out sitting quietly and breathing for 5 minutes daily, and sporadically throughout the day. Then increase the time so you are meditating for 30 minutes or more a day at one sitting.
- you have to do it to experience it
- impatience – you may get restless, bored, etc. That in itself is a lesson to learn about how challenging it is to slow down and do nothing. Just do it.
- wandering thoughts – you can’t stop thinking. You can. Let your breath be the anchor that brings you back to stillness and quieting the mind. Every time your thoughts wander you’ll become aware of it – then come back to your breath again, and again. You’ll discover over a period of time how easy it will become to control your thoughts.
For women in labor:
I’m sure it’s hard for you to imagine how meditation could work during labor contractions, but it can, and does.
Relaxing into discomfort decreases its intensity. In other words, breathing into it decreases the intensity of pain.
With daily meditation practice you train your brain and body to respond to things that bother you in a calmer manner rather than reacting to them emotionally. Responding is better. It gives you an opportunity to really choose how you want to cope or “deal” with the situation at hand. Read my post “Misunderstood Contractions”. Also read the “Stress Response”.
Labor can be a graceful experience. Meditation can help you experience it.