This blog was first published on a website in the UK. It was then translated into Dutch and published on a website in The Netherlands. Links to both articles can be found at the end of this blog.
– GUEST BLOG BY ROBYN JONES B.Sc. (Psych) –
‘Our first period is a precious time and a celebration of the transition from being a girl to becoming a woman. But how come so very few of us truly celebrate our menarche?’ Australian counsellor Robyn Jones investigates the matter.
… More A Time For Celebration
The first two trimesters of my most recent pregnancy were very revealing.
I was surprised to see how I used the quest for perfection to ‘protect’ myself from being criticised and judged and how perfection was in fact impossible, as well as my tendency to want to control others and what was going on around me to give me the feeling of being ‘safe’.
I found these trimesters to be a time of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean somewhat by letting go of these ways of being, which opened me up to the possibility of embracing more of the womanly quality of stillness that is so readily on offer throughout pregnancy.
So as I headed into my third trimester without this incessant quest for perfection or the overriding drive to control in order to ‘protect’ myself, I was feeling vulnerable. … More Embracing the true beauty of pregnancy
There is a beauty that naturally comes with pregnancy, along with the joy of having a child, which is rarely spoken about in our society.
Not only are we growing a new person (or persons) inside, we are also given an opportunity to grow as women while pregnant. Because what most of us are largely unaware of is that pregnancy is a time for us, as women, to experience ourselves more deeply as the delicate, sensitive and nurturing women we naturally are.
So pregnancy can in fact be a time where we can allow a deep change to take place in the way we live as women – a change that is initiated and supported from deep within us. … More The beauty of pregnancy that is rarely spoken about
Beginning our periods is truly an amazing celebration of being a woman. It marks a sacred part of the transition from girl to woman.
But how come so very few of us truly celebrate our first period and ongoing period cycles thereafter?
My first period came at age 11 and was light, lasting a few days and I didn’t have another bleed again for about 6 months. Over the years period pain, late periods, fast periods, slow periods, missed periods, tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, increased sensitivity, mood swings and temperatures have all been regular symptoms experienced during my menstrual cycle – far from any celebration and feeling more like a curse! My period cycle slowed me down, got in the way and stopped me from doing certain activities as similarly experienced by so many other women. But what was my body actually communicating? … More First Period – A Time For Celebration
The first two trimesters of pregnancy for me were a time of new beginnings, with the opportunity to feel what was in the way of me being able to more deeply embrace the womanly quality of stillness I naturally have. I found that during my first trimester my need for perfection was revealed, and after releasing as much of this need as I was able to, I began to see moving into my second trimester of pregnancy that it was about letting go of my need to control others and my environment.
So as I headed into my third trimester without this incessant quest for perfection or the overriding drive to control in order to ‘protect’ myself, what was being uncovered was my natural tenderness in being vulnerable. … More My Third Trimester of Pregnancy and Giving Birth – Surrendering to Being Vulnerable as a Woman
Pregnancy is a time of new beginnings and not just because there is a new person growing and developing inside. The true beauty of pregnancy is that it offers the opportunity for a deep change to take place in the way we live as women. A change that is initiated from deep within and supported by all that is offered during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a time for us, as women, to experience ourselves more deeply as the delicate, sensitive and nurturing women we naturally are. … More The True Beauty of Pregnancy – Embracing the Stillness of a Woman
With my experiences of the Esoteric Breast Massages well established in my life now, at age 38, I am continually deepening my connection with my breasts.
I was in the shower the other morning, washing my body. When I began to wash my breasts I felt the gorgeousness of them and I realised how much they had changed. How much I had changed with them. I was handling them with such tenderness and respect, naturally, without thinking about it first. I was just doing it naturally. In this moment I realised ‘I love them’!! Wow! I love my breasts! … More My Relationship with my Breasts Deepens (Breast Trilogy – Part 3)
Morning sickness affects a large majority of women when they are pregnant. It can easily be said that it is the number one source of discomfort during pregnancy and for good reason. The nausea and vomiting that can occur with morning sickness can be intense. It can interfere with your day-to-day activities, affect your sleep, mean a trip to the hospital (or many!), as well as the untold impact it has on your relationships… and your body! Morning sickness can also affect your mental health.
What some women go through with morning sickness can lead to desperately trying all sorts of ‘cures’ to make it go away … More What Is The Most Effective Treatment For Morning Sickness?
For many women morning sickness is part and parcel of being pregnant. It can range from slight nausea to intense vomiting and everything in between. It can last anywhere from one week to forty weeks. It can stop you dead in your tracks with the degree of nausea and vomiting that can come with it or it can simply just slow you down and ask you to make different choices within your day. For some women it can be so intense that medical attention is needed!
So what really causes morning sickness? … More Is Morning Sickness Really Caused By An Increase In Hormones or Is There More To It Than That?
From the time I started to develop breasts when I was 12, until I was in my 30s, my relationship with my breasts was like most other woman around me. I shared my experience in my last article titled ‘My Relationship with my Breasts (Breast Trilogy – Part 1).’
In my 30s I became pregnant and the first physical sign of pregnancy for me was my breasts increased in size. During pregnancy they increased slowly, and by the time my milk came in after birth they were just HUGE.
Now it was time to breastfeed. … More My Relationship with My Breasts Changes (Breast Trilogy – Part 2)