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Arrows of Love and Welcome, or Arrows of Resistance and Fear?

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog Posts |

Arrows of Love and Welcome, or Arrows of Resistance and Fear?

The Buddha once asked a student,”if a person is hit with an arrow, does it hurt?” “Yes”, the student replied. “And if the person is hit with a second arrow, does it hurt even more?” the Buddha asked? “Yes,” the student responded. In life, the first arrow is an event or an experience that we have no control over. It could be a physical sensation such as a wound, or a toothache, a headache, or labor contractions. The first arrow might also be an experience or an event, such as the onset of a...

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Monkey in a Tar Trap

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Blog Posts |

Monkey in a Tar Trap

Monkey in the Tar Trap – Allison Harris NCTMB,LMT,CD There is a story told of a monkey who encounters a glob of tar. Curious, he picks it up, and the tar sticks to his hand. In order to free himself he uses his other hand, and consequently, both hands get stuck. This makes him angry and so he tries to use a foot to nudge the tar away and free his hands but, you guessed it, his foot gets stuck too, and then the other foot. Growing very anxious and fearful, he uses his mouth to try to chew the...

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Drop the Story Line and Reside in Present Moment Mindfulness

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Blog Posts |

Drop the Story Line and Reside in Present Moment Mindfulness

I teach my birth clients that labor and childbirth are not about resisting, avoiding, escaping, or controlling the expansions or the pain. Rather we must surrender, welcome, say Yes!, allow things to be just as they are, and move with the natural flow. In this manner no friction or tension is created, and the female body can very easily and efficiently do what it knows how to do, and give birth to a precious baby, in an atmosphere of joy, awe, gratitude, peace, and love. In the same way,...

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As Ajahn Brahm would say…

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog Posts |

As Ajahn Brahm would say…

Ajahn Brahm asks: “Why can’t we let go of simple things like past and future? Why are we so concerned with what someone else did to us or said to us today? The more you think about it, the more stupid it is. You know the old saying, ‘When someone calls you an idiot, the more times you remember it, the more times they’ve called you an idiot!’ If you let it go immediately, you will never think about it again. They only called you an idiot at most once. It’s gone! It’s...

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“A Tale Told By An Idiot”, or a Time of Wondrous Celebration?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Blog Posts |

“A Tale Told By An Idiot”, or a Time of Wondrous Celebration?

I heard again a line from Macbeth today, “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” It made me think of where we are today with active management of labor and defensive medicine practices, that it is birth stripped of its meaning, its sacredness, wherein mother and child are seen as less than the divine beings which they each truly...

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Rolling the Stone

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Blog Posts |

Rolling the Stone

When we struggle, resist, control, attach, hold on and seek to direct the course of our labor, allowing fear and anxiety to light our path ahead, we are only impeding the process, limiting, and hurting ourselves. We are like King Sisyphus, condemning ourselves to roll a massive stone uphill, yet in our resistance to embrace the natural order, our futile efforts only end in failure, the stone descends the hill, and once again we must force all our weight and strength, interminably trying in...

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