Susun Weed's Meditation for Relaxation During Labor
Used with permission from The Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
To be read aloud, slowly...
Allow yourself to be as comfortable as possible. Feel each place where your body touches the bed (chair, floor). Around you now is a circle of protection. Only influences which are beneficial may enter here. Call your spirit guides to be with you. You share their patience, their wisdom, their strength.
Focus on your breath. Let the breath flow out of your toes and tell the toes to relax. Breathe up to the ankles, then let the breath flow out from your ankles, washing away tension. Feel the breath fill your calves and flow out as they relax. Breath in and out of your knees. Relax the muscles and bones of your thighs as you inhale and exhale. Relax the tops of your thighs, the outsides of your thighs, the bottoms of your thighs, the inner parts of your thighs. Take the breath fully into your hip joints and let them soften and relax as the breath swirls out. Feel the entire right leg, from thigh to toes, supported by the force of gravity, held in the warm embrace of the earth. Tell the right leg to completely let go. Feel the deep relaxation of the left leg, from hip joint to the foot. Give your leg to the caress of gravity. Tell both legs: "I love you. I honor you." Think about all that your legs do for you. Tell them: "You can totally relax now. I demand nothing of you."
Breathe out through your fingertips and allow them to become sensitive. Let the breath travel through your hands and ease them. Breathe into your wrists. Let your exhalation dissolve their tension. Feel the breath pass into your lower arms and tell them: "Relax." Let your elbows and upper arms relax as you breathe out. Then the shoulders, breathe through your shoulders several times until they feel free of burdens and responsibilities. Open to the release in the length of your entire right arm, shoulder to fingertips. Breathe through the whole arm. Sense your left arm and tell it once more to relax as you breathe. Let your left arm be as relaxed as your left leg and your right arm as relaxed as your right leg. Thank your arms and stroke them with your loving attention. Give them up to gravity. Let them go now.
Breathe out through your pelvis and your belly. Let your intestines relax with each breath. Breathe out of your bladder and tell it to relax. Breathe out through your uterus and let any tension flow away with your breath. (Don't be afraid to let your uterus relax; contractions don't arise from stiffness.) Give up the weight of your uterus to gravity. Feel the movement of the breath in your uterus: a smooth and rhythmic pulse. Breathe in bright and easy and breathe out soft and deep. Let go completely and feel the support of the earth beneath you.
Breathe out and relax your kidneys and the adrenal glands with them. Relax your stomach. Breathe out through your liver on the right side. Breathe out through your spleen and the pancreas on the left side. Feel the breath in your chest, and let your lungs be easy. Let your heart be easy. Feel the muscles and bones in your body and organs lightly and safely held inside. Letting the breath come easily, breathe into and out of each vertebra. Feel the nerves settle softly into their grooves. Relax all the muscles in the back.
Breathe into your jaw and totally relax it as you breathe out. Let the muscles surrounding your lips relax. Breathe easily. Relax your ears and your cheeks as you breathe. Let the muscles around your eyes completely relax. Breathe out through the eyes. Thank your eyes and your mouth, your ears and nose for delighting you and protecting you. Let your face melt. No one is looking. No one will see you. Let it all go to the mothering touch of gravity. The forehead and the scalp, even the hair, let it all go, let it all relax. Let yourself open. Let yourself be whole.
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