Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Releasing Fear

Quite pleased with how I've been doing, having followed guided hypnobirthing meditations the last 4 days in a row.  I hope this will help with my birthing experience.  Last go around, I wasn't meditating much, and didn't practice these birthing specific meditations at all.  This time, I've already been meditating far more regularly, so I hope that by adding in the particular practices, especially the fear release ones, it will help a lot *fingers crossed*

On Saturday, I listened to a nice fear release meditation on Youtube, on Sunday I listened to one from a CD I bought last go round, and yesterday I listened to the relaxation track from the same CD.  Today, I went back to the fear release one, as I think that's where I need most help.

For today, I decided to draw a card from a deck I just received (a late Christmas present to myself): Jody Bergsma's Magical Times Empowerment Cards (U.S. Games, 2013).  Looking at the title, the card didn't make much sense.  However, both the image and the caption really spoke to me.  The caption says: Focus on the positive and more good will come.  Give thanks for blessings and they will multiply.  Prosperity begins in the mind.

Both the bit about focusing on the positive and prosperity beginning in the mind certainly echo the ideas of hypnobirthing: of hypnotically anchoring positive, happy, relaxed states of mind so that you can attain them more easily during trying situations.

As for the image, I remember Rachel Pollack writing about frogs being related to fertility because of the hundreds of eggs that they lay, so that works, too :D

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  1. What a lovely card (of course I like frogs, lol)! I have a friend who could probably use such a deck right now. Have you ever tried yoga nidra? It's not really postures, more of a visualization/meditation to help calm and relax you. I did a workshop a year or so ago, and it was very helpful in getting me to calm down enough to sleep each night. Here's the fellow's website (he has a free 20 minute downloadable session - just right click on it):
    http://www.amrityoga.org/chandrakant/

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    1. Ha ha, I'm pretty sure I have a yoga nidra book and CD somewhere. I didn't find it much more helpful than a regular visualisation meditation, and I didn't like the person's voice. Still, I'll check out the link, as it depends a lot on the particular person and their vocabulary, I find. Good hypnotic induction is quite an art/science ;)

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  2. Lovely card and such a sound advice for me too
    The Egyption goddess of Childbirth Heket is depicted as a woman with a frog's head. or just as a frog
    I am so happy these meditations work for you so well
    hugs

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    1. Glad the card is helpful for you, too, Ellen :)

      Ah, yes, I'd forgotten, but I think I've seen some images of Heket. Will go google...

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  3. Oh! I love Jody Bergsma. She's a local artist here, and I first bought a print of hers in a shop when I was pregnant with my first baby. That was 24 years ago! It's still hanging in the room that is now my daughter's. I've bought other prints of hers as gifts for new babies.

    As for releasing fear, this card is spot on! When my kids have gone through difficult times with anxiety my advice to them has always been to challenge the thoughts that are making them fearful. Are they true? (Usually not.) And then replace those thoughts with something positive because our brains can't focus consciously on two separate thoughts at a time. What we think over and over builds a bigger and bigger pathway in the brain so that becomes automatic thinking. We can build automatic positive pathways with practice. It's something I work on myself.

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    1. Well, some of my fearful thoughts are true, as things did go rather badly wrong with my first child. However, I'm sure there are bits that aren't true, like I should have known better. And I'm definitely finding it helpful to focus on the positive, on times when things are good and work well. So, fingers crossed… :)

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  4. Here it is. This is the print that is hanging in my daughter's room: https://www.bergsma.com/love-is-dreamkeeper-print-c-67-p-2-pr-3991.html

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    1. That's gorgeous, Siddaleah! What a lovely thing for your children to be brought up with :)

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  5. How lovely. I like this deck. Jody Bergsma has a wonderful style. I love Siddaleah's story. I think it's healing and magnificent what you're doing with this baby and this new experience. I think you will do splendidly with it. I think the hypnobirthing and meditation will help you. I have a friend who used hypnobirthing and swore by it. I wish I had tried it.

    XOXO

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    1. It's good to hear positive reports about it. Last time, I went to one hypnobirthing class, read a book on it, but didn't regularly follow the meditations. As with many things, though, for it to kick in when you need it it does have to become ingrained, and so repetition is key. Let's hope it will make a difference!

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  6. Gorgeous artwork accompanied by a wonderful confirmation that tells you to keep doing what you're doing and all will be well. Bit of an obvious question but do some of the techniques you're using involve breathing? Frogs have very interesting ways of absorbing oxygen when in different environments :)

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    1. How funny, I didn't think of that froggy connection at all. And yes, the hypnobirthing does focus on two different types of breathing quite a lot :D

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