Breastfeeding as a (s)hero’s journey?

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Every single human being was drummed into this world by a woman, having listened to the heart rhythms of their mother.  ––Connie SauerRecently I re-posted an article I wrote about breastfeeding and parenting as spiritual practices. I received a comment on the re-post that really gave me pause and some food for thought: I've really liked your writing about preparing for birth as a warrior's rite. I only wish I'd had materials that prepared me for breastfeeding similarly...I'd like to hav … [Read more...]

Birth Spiral Chakra Blessing

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Birth spiral. Energy feel it spin throughout your body. Beginning in your core, unfolding, unfolding, spiraling upward into a peak and release Every part of you opening making space making room for this new little one. Calling the child forth into your waiting arms your waiting family your waiting heart. Enlivened alive fully engaged and embodied in the current of labor. It builds it pulses it rolls it rocks it peaks it crests. These waves of power. They are you. You are … [Read more...]

Birth as Initiation

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“Childbirth is a rite of passage so intense physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, that most other events in a woman’s life pale next to it. In our modern lives, there are few remaining rituals of initiation, few events that challenge a person’s mettle down to the very core. Childbirth remains a primary initiatory rite for a woman.” –from the book MotherMysteries via Thesis Tidbits: Birth as a Shamanic Experience | Talk Birth. I just finished reading a short book called Return t … [Read more...]

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and your Ancestors

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by Molly KhanIt wasn't until I became pregnant with my third child that I began to consider the more spiritual aspects of childbirth.  It helped that around that time I was becoming more involved in and more serious about my Paganism, delving beyond High Day and Full Moon observances and creating a personal, daily practice.  Pregnancy, and parenting my other two children, was a huge part of my life, and so it naturally figured largely in the deities I connected to and the practice I was d … [Read more...]

November Link Round-Up: Self-care, pregnancy, and books

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November was a big month for reflecting on self-care... "Self care might just be the most religious act that one can do." -- Crystal Blanton; Author, High Priestess, Counselor, WitchFrom deprivation to ease: Pagan parents taking care of ourselves The Power of Self CareThere were also posts around the web on pregnancy, birth, abortion, and parenting...The Birth of a Mother | Jodi the Doula Place at the Table Loving kindness at Thanksgiving 40 Days of Ritual to Keep Abortion … [Read more...]

Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice

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Picture Books for Pagan Families: Winter Solstice by Meg YardleyAt this time of year, we celebrate the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  On the winter solstice, we may light candles and decorate our homes with suns to keep the light alive through the longest night of the year.  As the sun rises the next morning, we mark the turning point when the dark time is beginning to pass and the days will soon begin to get longer.This is a wonderful holiday to celebrate with children, but can e … [Read more...]

Inhabited by the Divine: Cut, Stapled and Mended

Recently I found myself totally absorbed by Roanna Rosewood’s birth memoir: Cut, Stapled, and Mended. In an overlap with my interests that I didn't anticipate, I discovered that in many ways Rosewood’s book is about a journey to the sacred feminine within herself. This thread of her discovery of the larger forces of what it means to be female that runs throughout the book and I was especially interested by several mentions of a sense of being inhabited by the Divine, the Sacred Feminine. Writing … [Read more...]

Review: Birth, Breath & Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

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Reading Birth, Breath & Death makes me want to hold my family close and also hold my heart open to strangers. And it makes me wish that Amy Wright Glenn had written more.Glenn, who's been a philosophy teacher, birth doula, and hospital chaplain, meditates thoughtfully on birth and death and the body-spirit through-line of breath that connects them both. She observes, "So many women never witness childbirth until it is directly upon them, until they themselves are in labor. Death, like … [Read more...]


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