I hope you are having a lovely Mother’s Day. But this day is all kinds of hard. As is motherhood itself.
Today (and everyday) it’s so tempting to measure your success as a mother by what you get from others. Hugs, cards, flowers… But are you measuring the love YOU give yourself? Are you giving yourself any? We all need pockets of comfort, and with all the balls we have up in the air, such pockets better be short and sweet.
Here is one. This pocket of comfort is made of words. It’s an invocation = a declaration of healing intention. You could also call this a spell, a prayer, or a blessing. The name doesn’t matter. It’s the intention that counts. Words are so powerful, and this invocation is very potent, so help yourself:
I am a woman and a mother.
I nurture. I give to others with love.
I am learning how to nourish myself with love.
I give myself permission to feel all of my emotions.
All my feelings are valid, but the scary stories they tell are not necessarily true.
I am learning how to disarm anxiety and depression, to outsmart perfectionism, and to harvest guilt. When my inner critic shows up in my head, I invite the wise woman who lives in my body to come out and play. The more I listen to her, the stronger she gets.
I invoke the essence of trust, playfulness, support, and comfort.
I invite these qualities to show up in my heart and in my life.
I have an internal source of light: I turn it on with awareness, intention, and loving attention. I am learning how to shine the light of my attention to illuminate the scary and the painful; I seek treasures hiding in the dark.
I am new at this. I am taking baby steps and leaps of faith.
Faith in myself and in the power of love.
I like to listen to this more than I like reading it, so I made this it into a short audio cookie. It’s less than 2 minutes long. I dare you to take this very short time for yourself. To anchor these concepts in your body, reach for your favorite lotion, and rub it on your hands or on your feet for an extra bit of self-care…
Right-click here to download for offline listening.
Please share this with other mamas in your life who might need to hear this. Here is a readymade tweet for you, just copy and paste into twitter: I loved @yaelsaar’s free 2-minute Pocket of Comfort audio cookie for moms, it’s nourishing and yes, comforting! http://bit.ly/JGlGH5
Happy mother’s day to you mama. May the Joy be with you.
My first Online class, Not Secret, Not Weapon: Practical bodymind methods for disarming anger and anxiety
will be unveiled this week. There will be 12 spots in the class, and I’ll be sharing it first with the Mama’s Comfort Camp facebook group and with those who are signed up for my email updates. You can sign up for email updates on the left sidebar, and ask to join the Facebook group here.