At some point, once I’ve done a bit more processing, I will write about my birthing experience from this pregnancy. It was hard and there were times I didn’t think I could get through it (spoiler, I did). And one of the things I did during that experience was make a phrase to get me through the contractions.
“I got through the last one,
I can get through this one,
And I’ll get through the next one”.
Seeing it written the words seem small but those few sentences said over and over again anchored me, it gave me power and it truly got me through hours of contractions. For a while afterwards I couldn’t even tell people about them because saying the words overwhelmed me with emotion.
In the days after my baby was born I found myself floundering as I had this new body to love. I toyed with the idea of having some kind of ceremony to close my body and thank it for what it had done, but as I started writing ideas I realised again that what I needed was words. Words to thank my body and remind it that it’s loved.
I’ve written them and I’m wanting to share them with you. At the moment, I am using these words when I’m alone in the shower or bath. I also touch each body part in turn and that touch is important, I’m learning to love this body not just in thought, but also physically. I want to literally embrace all that I am now.
So as you read these words, and certainly if you take these words and use them (please do, they feel really good to say out loud), I really recommend that you also ground yourself using touch.