Today as I woke up early, getting ready to teach yoga outside at our downtown park, watching the sun rising, stretching and breathing, all before the altar in our room, I thought about “sacred space.” Creating sacred space, little touchstones placed around the house that we can draw nourishment from throughout the day to remind us of the holy, what matters, and to breathe. I was thinking about the beautiful mamas I was going to teach today – in all different stages of motherhood. And that’s when I stopped in my tracks:
“WE are sacred space. OUR MAMA BODIES are sacred space.”
I sat in awe of our bodies and how they know how to shift, change, grow, stretch, make milk, hold little ones with just the right touch, and bring our little ones into our arms to be held and healed. In awe of every single moms’ “yes” to bringing baby into this world, having her whole body, life, career, home, focus, social life completely transformed. In awe of how we say “yes” to this messy, miraculous, “beyond us yet includes us” work of the divine, the mystery, the grace to bring a child into the world and BE sacred space.
WE are sacred pause. Our bodies are sacred space.
And just as we need sacred spaces in our home (and work space!) to bring us back to center, we can remember:
~ how beautiful and sacred we are.
~ to be gentle with the words we say to ourselves.
~ we truly are sacred space. Our bodies – our arms, hands, breasts, heart – are altars for our little ones. We nourish. We heal. We hold.
~ we are touchstones for our children – reminding them of the holy, what matters, and to breathe.
~ we need the sacred space of each other – our tribe – to remind us of just how holy, good, and whole we are.
Your body is beautiful. Your heart is beautiful. How you love and nourish is beautiful. Just as it is. Your belly, hips, and chest are beautiful just as they are, mama. Just as they are. And if you don’t believe it, believe your little ones and how they find comfort in your embrace, how they feel nourished and loved in your arms, how they hug your round(er) belly.
Blessings for believing in the SACRED SPACE YOU ARE. Blessings for cultivating sacred space in our everyday life that brings you back to feeling centered. Blessings for belonging to a sacred space of others who nourish you and reflect your beauty to you.
* Here is an incredible article from Mothering about loving your postpartum body.
* Here is an awesome post by Shawn Ledington Fink of Awesomely Awake about creating a still space around you in your home.
Lisa A. McCrohan
MA, LCSW-C, RYT
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