Connecting to Mother Earth in Pregnancy

I find pregnancy to be a great time to connect with the natural world.  As a pregnant woman, you are the embodiment of creator.  The change of seasons brings a shift, a transformation to our outer world, our ecosystem, as well as to our inner world, and internal ecosystem.  As we celebrate the first week of spring, pause and sense what’s changing within yourself.  We change mentally, physically, and spiritually to meet each season.  Spring is rich with symbolism representing new life, abundance, creativity, hope, and potential.  Tuning in to the subtle changes around us and within us, is an opportunity for personal growth.  Seeing the trees pregnant with buds soon to blossom, spring reminds us Mother Earth is full of life.  We breathe in oxygen from the plants, breathing out carbon dioxide back to the plants.  Our bodies crave different food, as our ecosystem produces what’s in season.  We eat what grows from the earth.  Our breath and our bodies change as we take in from the changing plants around us.  We are interconnected to our ecosystem, to the seasons, to the cycles.  

In pregnancy, you and your baby are a reflection of this meta interconnection we have to the natural world.  You nourish your baby with all that you take in—breath, food, water, sound, and emotions.   Your baby is naturally in sync with you—the Mother.   You are abundance, creativity, hope, with pure potential.  

As you move into this new season, here is a meditation to help you connect with the natural world as yourself.  Maybe one day, you’ll share this meditation with your child and remind them of their first spring while in your belly. 

 

Pebble Meditation

Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community

 

Breathing in, I see myself as a Flower

Breathing out, I feel Fresh

Breathing in, I see myself as a Mountain

Breathing out, I feel Solid

Breathing in, I see myself as a Still Water

Breathing out, I Reflect things are they are

Breathing in, I see myself as Space

Breathing out, I feel Free