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Posts Tagged "fear"

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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Present Moment Freedom or Captive of Anxious Thought?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Present Moment Freedom or Captive of Anxious Thought?

Childbirth with its myriad unknowns, and expectation of pain, can create fear and anxiety, adding another obstacle to the existing challenges of labor. For those women who are already prone to allowing fearful, anxious, or awfulizing thoughts to hold sway, anticipation of labor and birth can be even more challenging. Giving in to negative or fearful thinking often, causes it to become a habit, and an automatic default response, due to deeply entrenched neuronal pathways that have formed in the...

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We Can’t Control the Storms, but we can Remain Awake in Their Midst

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Blog Posts |

We Can’t Control the Storms, but we can Remain Awake in Their Midst

“In the moment of mindfulness there is no suffering.“ – Ajahn Sumedo Remaining in present moment awareness, being with what is, just as it arises, without embellishing it with past remembrances, future what ifs, or desire to be someplace else, or to have things some other way, we find peace. It is only our fearful, resistant, clinging, or desirous mind that can destroy our peace, and cause us to suffer. Childbirth and labor, with their waves of tightening and progressively evolving...

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