Motherhood brings many gifts as we experience every stage of life with our children.
Sitting in school assembly for my daughter’s first day, it all looked strangely familiar and felt like my first too. Yet this time I was a different person, nervous on behalf of another little person. I searched the room for a familiar face but instead of sitting quietly, I observed myself boldly approaching strangers, much to my own amazement!
Where did all this newfound confidence come from and what happened to that quiet little girl I once knew? How different my school experience would have been, armed with such confidence and knowing then what I do now – I could take on the world.
She grew up, became a woman and more than that, a mother! Every life experience shapes us. Some significant events build us up as a person. One of the most powerful things I have ever done is become a mother.
When I gave birth for the first time, little would I know I was also birthing myself. Not only was a precious baby girl born and a depth of love I have never known, but something else…a new respect for my body, strength and courage as a woman, a heart connection to every other mother and an even greater appreciation for nature.
Nothing compares to the natural high and magical connection of just giving birth. In those early days everything seems brand new. In my new book, a first time mother describes feeling reborn, “I looked at the world as you did for the first time. I looked at the rain as though I had never seen or felt it before.”
Pushing through our limits and discovering inner resources we didn’t know we had is the best preparation for motherhood – we can draw on that strength to get up at all hours of the night, despite physical or emotional exhaustion, to become immune to unwelcome comments from relatives or deal with a sick child.
I encourage you to discover how amazing you truly are. You will only know the true meaning of this when you push through challenges or go beyond what you believe is possible.
I am a different person having birthed my children. While it was no walk in the park, it was well and truly worth the effort.
Embrace this path of motherhood. Tune into your beautiful feminine nature and return to your heart. You’ll find new purpose and give birth to you!
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