Welcome to module three 💜

 

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**Before You Begin**

Read through the entire exercise so you know what to expect and can get a sense of how much time you will need to dedicate to this work.

Time to set up your space! 

It’s important that you begin these exercises by building in some aspects of self care so find a quiet and comfy space where you can work uninterrupted. Grab your favorite journal, a cup of your favorite drink, light a candle, mist yourself with some release spray, diffuse your favorite oil, or do anything else that makes you feel settled.

Lets set up some boundaries around time..

**These questions don’t need to be answered all in one sitting. If the list of questions feels overwhelming to you, set a timer and work on them for a certain amount of time that feels good for you. Setting time boundaries around working on your trauma can make it feel less overwhelming because your mind likes to know that this work won’t last forever. For example, set your timer for 30 minutes and if after 30 minutes you still feel ok, you can keep going! If not, take a breather and come back later or the next day.

Are you ready to nurture yourself and explore your experience with meditation?

Step 1: Before you begin your journal exercises in each module, check in with your body. What are you noticing? Are there any sensations that are calling for your attention (tightness in your chest, heat in your head, pukey feeling in your throat etc)? Just take a moment to do a full body scan and jot down any sensations you noticed and where you are feeling them, inside or outside your body, then rate them on a scale of 1-10. 1 being barely noticeable and 10 being extremely intense or overwhelming.

Step 2: Take 10 minutes to do the self energy meditation where we will work on soothing and reassuring some of those more intense feelings from a place of grounded self energy.

(Right) Click here to download the meditation to your computer.

Step 3: After completing the meditation, do a quick body scan and jot down what number on the scale each of your previously noticed sensations is at now. Notice if any of them have shifted. As you work through the journal exercises pay attention to the feelings and sensations that may come back to the surface and if they begin to feel overwhelming, take as long as you need to nurture and soothe them. Direct calming energy towards them with your breath until they are feeling settled enough for you to continue.

**This may be easy or this may be a completely foreign concept that takes time to practice.** Wherever you are at, is just perfect, take your time and be gentle with yourself 💜💜

 

Alright! You made it to the journal questions!!!

I know those are a lot of steps to take just to prepare each time, but they are all very important in teaching you how to manage whatever comes up ( this is called self regulation) as you begin working through your experience.

Time to start with some birth questions, take a deep breath and here we go 💜

1. What was your OWN birth like? What was the history of birth like for the woman in your family? Are there any similarities or differences in how the woman in your family have birthed throughout the generations (and in past lives if this is something you have a sense of )? If you don’t know the birthing history behind the woman in your family how does that sit with you? Does it feel important for you to find out? What is your wish for the women in your family who will birth after you in the generations to come?

2. How did you envision this birth happening? How did your experience compare to what you had hoped for? Are there any *moments* from your labour or birth that you cherish and feel positive about? 

Ok, thats all the questions for today. How are you doing? I know starting this work can feel big, so please take a few minutes to settle yourself with the guided meditation. 

Please take a few minutes to check back in and notice if any of your sensations have shifted as you worked through the questions. Jot down the number from 1-10 on your original list. Now just take a few minutes to ground  and settle yourself with this short meditation.

(Right) Click here to download the meditation to your computer.

Have a great rest of your week 💜

 

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