The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Through visualizations, we are able to decrease the intensity of pain. This can be a very powerful pain coping tool during labor. See each contraction as a wave in the ocean. Watch it slowly peak in intensity and then allow it to slowly come down. See yourself as a jellyfish, allowing that wave to wash through you, being soft and supple in your body. Through your conscious breath, you are able to relax the muscles of your entire being.
There is a Buddhist saying, “No Mud, No Lotuses.” The lotus flower is a very sacred, pure & deeply spiritual flower honored by many different cultures. In order for it to blossom into a beautiful flower, it needs to grow in murky, muddy waters.
Visualize your cervix as a blossoming lotus flower. Upon every contraction, visualize & chant, “Open, open, open.”
Become aware of the space on your forehead between your eyebrows. This space is known as your “third eye.” If we focus, yet allow our muscles to soften in this area, we are able to achieve greater concentration and possibly break free of our thoughts, whether they are fears, worries, anxieties or anticipation of what will be.
Directly inside our head, behind the “third eye,” is our pineal gland. This gland is sensitive to light. From a physiological perspective, this gland produces serotonin, a derivative of melatonin, which is a hormone that affects the regulation of wake/sleep patterns. There is a yoga saying: “The light that shines within”, which corresponds to the third eye/pineal gland.
-Upon sitting or during a contraction in labor, relax the muscles on your forehead between your eyebrows.
-Focus the intention of your breath upon that area
-Continue with equal depths of inhalation & exhalation