Before we dive into your mama vision or creating any sort of change, it’s important for you to be familiar with what I call embodiment practices.
These practices are central to all the learning that will follow because taking time to listen to your body, your feelings and your thoughts is a foundational practice for intuitive motherhood. It helps you be powerfully present to yourself first so then you can activate more awareness and awaken your intuition, as well as attend to your child more consciously and effectively.
Being ‘powerfully present’ will mean that you’ll be aware of the here and now. You’ll be aware of your own internal world and how that feels. Your senses will be heightened to notice more of what’s happening for your child. You’ll be able to enjoy more of the delightful moments in life and with your child, as well as being able to ‘be with’ the difficult ones.
Without these embodiment practices so much of what happens in your day and with your child goes unnoticed and you don’t get to savour the moments.
This means you may not be enjoying your motherhood and life to the level you COULD be. You may be spending too much time in your head, and not enough time connected to what’s happening in your body, your heart and the world around you. This can give you a feeling of dullness, heaviness, that ‘something’s not right’! It can dampen your spirit!
This can impact your child as well. They may not be getting that attuned ‘in the now moment’ connection they need from you. Even though it doesn’t need to be happening all the time, it is vital for their emotional wellbeing and their best brain development that they feel seen, felt and heard by you non-verbally as well as verbally.
The new parenting science is calling you back home to yourself FIRST – into your body, heart and thoughts. When you develop this awareness you’ll be awakening and strengthening your mama vitality and intuition muscle, as well as helping your child. You’ll experience more aliveness, more pleasure, and more personal power to create the mama vision you deeply desire.
I have described the embodiment practices as:
- Body-fulness: a focus on your body
- Heart-fulness: a focus on your feelings
- Thought-fulness: a focus on your thinking
The doorway in to accessing these is by using conscious breath – a practice of sensing and following your natural breath.
Let’s try it …
Below I’ve written some of the details on how to do this, but you can also watch the video here.
Conscious Breath Exercise:
Put one hand on your heart and one on your belly. Follow your natural rhythm. Sense your breath as it comes in and as it goes out. See if you can sense the warmth on your nostrils, the coolness at the back of your throat, or the tingling on your lips, the rise and fall of your belly. Do this at least three times.
Then you’re ready to access your Embodiment practices.
The first practice is Body-fulness.
The language of your body is sensations.
Ask yourself: Where is there tightness? Where is there ease?
Notice any movement or stillness. Sense any heaviness or dullness, or where there is the opposite happening – a lightness and expansion. Allow whatever you sense to be ok because it is. It’s just information your body is telling you, and its your portal into awakening your body intelligence, your intuition and vitality.
The second practice is Heart-fulness.
The language of your heart is your feelings.
Check in with your feelings. You may feel anxious, irritable, sad or peaceful, excited, loved etc. All feelings are welcome.
You don’t need to suppress them, deny them, or put a label on them as good or bad. They’re all natural and part of being human.
Give permission to yourself and to your child to feel all of your feelings. Allow what’s here and use the breath to help it move through as it naturally does. Know that you’ve got control over the intensity of your feelings.
If it doesn’t feel safe for you right now you have the ability to regulate your feelings and turn them down.
The third practice is Thought-fulness
The language of your mind is your thoughts.
Bring awareness to what you’re thinking. Witness your thoughts as they come and let them go.
You can liken your thoughts to clouds moving through a clear blue sky. No judgement. You don’t have to always identify with them, just let them be. A good way to ground your thoughts when your mind is busy or has negative thought patterning is to return to consciously following your breath.
Another helpful mindfulness practice is to look outward and notice three things or listen to three sounds and name them out loud before you return to your thoughts.
How often do you need to do these practices?
These daily practices will become something that you’ll naturally do on and off during the day. They’ll become your ‘go-to’ toolkit whenever you get prompted to get present with yourself in the now.
To start with you’ll need to do them more often so they become automatic. I suggest doing three times a day from 1-3 minutes each time. It’s a great idea in the early learning days to set reminders in your phone to practice.
The result will be you’ll fast track your mama intuition, feel more emotionally alive, have a clearer mind and generally feel more empowered.
The Embodiment Practices are the core foundational teachings for this program. They are fundamental to be an intuitive mother and deeply connected to your child. They are also vital for your child’s best brain development.
Now that you have these activated you can create a mama vision that’s aligned to your intuitive motherhood.