We all know that immediacy, urgency and frenzy are detrimental for our body, mind and nervous system, but they are so standard and normal in our way of living, especially during times of transition. In Western culture, there is a compulsion to get to the next step ‘yesterday’ so when transition happens, it’s both feet in immediately.
One such example is birth. New moms are expected and, thus, feel compelled to jump right into perfecting motherhood from the start. Imagine asking someone off the street to start juggling a bowling pin, a tennis ball and a lit torch without giving them any time to practice. There is a 100% probability that the person will feel overwhelmed, drop one or all of the things and maybe even catch on fire.
I am also witnessing this right now with the easing of restrictions in the US and the jumping back into “normal” life. We don’t give ourselves enough time for our body, mind and nervous system to catch up with one another.
There is no prescribed way to ease back into life postpartum or post-pandemic (and yes, I know we technically are not “post-pandemic”) but above any external recommendations is the importance in listening to our bodies. Feeling into the here and now with input of what’s happened will ease us into the transition, not shock our system and allow for us to live the next stage of life freely.
A daily practice challenges the person who creates on “inspiration.” We have to mother everyday, and ultimately, it is the daily grind that gives us perspective, clarity and the “high’s” of motherhood. I am exploring if the same happens when I write everyday on the topics that normally light me up – motherhood, self-development, healing and creating. Sign up here to receive those thought nuggets in your inbox on the daily.