Our Bodies as Teachers

Our bodies are amazing.  They teach us new things about ourselves everyday.  My body has taught me so many lessons in the last two years – I grew and birthed a baby! I remember early on in my pregnancy I had a moment where I thought, this is bizarre, I’m growing a person inside of me.  It may have felt bizarre in that moment, but it was also completely natural. A year ago today, my body taught me more about myself than I think I had ever learned before or will ever learn in the future.  I tapped into part of myself that I never knew was there.


I had planned all along, even before I became pregnant, to have a natural childbirth.  While I was pregnant with Chloe I came to terms with the fact that although I wanted no medications I might need them.  Preparing myself for any situation allowed me to have deeper trust in myself and in my caretakers. I knew deep down that I could do without the medication, and my body came through for me.  My husband, my mother, my midwives, my doula, and my nurses could all tell you with better detail exactly how I did it, or maybe they couldn’t – maybe they were helpers and observers to an energy that was all my own.  All I know is that I did it and it was the most empowering experience of my life.  And I got Chloe!! What an amazing reward.


Looking back a year later, Chloe has grown so much and she continues to inspire me everyday.  She is a large part of why healthful living is so important to me.  She taught me, most importantly: I can do anything I put my mind to.  So often we convince ourselves out of doing the things that are most important to us.  We tell ourselves that we can’t really reach our goals – they are too lofty, or we don’t have enough time, discipline or strength.  We set our own limitations but if we allow ourselves the capacity to dream ever upward, and to reach down into the depths of our being to find our unique inner power, we can accomplish anything!


As Spring begins, slowly but surely, think about how you can break free from the safe womb that you have created for yourself in your life.  It is easy to become comfortable even with the things that make us unhappy, because we often feel that it is easier to deal with a bad situation than to take the action required to change it. What changes have you wanted to make in your life that you haven’t yet?  What has been holding you back?  Most importantly – how will you feel once you allow yourself to birth your new vision for your life?


Peace, Love, and Wellness,

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