Yogi Bhajan, Women's Camp 1977
Throughout the training I was shown where I hold my biases, where I have room to grow, and where I might be stuck as a teacher. There were so many nuggets of wisdom that our teachers shared with us, but one of my favorites was a discussion about pre-postpartum. In our society most first time mom's will work as long as possible due to a varying array of circumstances. I had never thought about the offering that my teachers shared.
"We encourage our first time mama's to take off at least a month before their birth. We know this might seem extreme or unreasonable, but stay with us." Their kindness filled the room as my fellow trainees and I listened to their beautiful offering. They broke down the first month as follows.
Week 1 & 2- This is like mama's time to detox. We are so addicted in our society to being busy, that this gives her time and space to get that 'busyness' out of her system.
Week 3- This is the liminal space of gently leaning into the question, "Who am I if I'm not busy?"
Week 4- This week marks a divine recognition of the rise of the feminine. Outside the roles and tasks of doing, one begins to notice her beingness. There is a softening of who we are if we're not doing.
I love this breakdown because I feel like it crosses not only into motherhood, but into the daily acts of living. Who are we if we aren't 'doing' all the time? Who are we being? Do we take moments throughout our day to tap into the sacred feminine that lives within us?
May you settle into the space of curiosity as you play with this breakdown in your own life.
May You Sweetly Seek:)