Have you ever stopped to ponder on what your worth is?

Do you know the feeling of being able to quickly and easily catalogue your faults and imperfections?

On the flip side of this, are you equally able to catalogue your amazing and inspiring qualities?

Let’s stop for a moment, as it’s time to be really honest here… because in truth most of us are much more comfortable and practiced at being aware of our imperfections, rather than our amazing qualities. Right? … More Have you ever stopped to ponder on what your worth is?

Breastfeeding Myths Busted – Part 3

Having a new baby is a precious and delicate time. We have this new tiny human we need to make loving and caring choices for. One of these choices is how we feed and nourish them, and we can start to consider this choice when we are pregnant, maybe even earlier for some women.

Throughout this 3-part series we have established the responsibility we all have, as women, in knowing ourselves from the inside out in order to not get caught up in the myths about breastfeeding that are floating around – myths that can potentially affect us detrimentally, both physically and psychologically.

And this is the case with anything that is not true, isn’t it? Lies and myths can hurt, and the effects of these can be felt not just by us, but also by our families and beyond. … More Breastfeeding Myths Busted – Part 3

Breastfeeding Myths Busted – Part 2

As women, when we have a new baby to care for we want to give them all that we can. This includes the choice in how we feed them – through either breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or mixed feeding.

Currently there is a significant amount of pressure on women to breastfeed. For some this may mean they have to overcome some serious physical challenges that may be experienced, or even to override what they truly feel is needed for both themselves and their baby.

There are a number of myths making the rounds about breastfeeding that can negatively affect this very vulnerable and precious time and in this 3-part series of articles we are looking at six of the most common. … More Breastfeeding Myths Busted – Part 2

Breastfeeding Myths Busted – Part 1

Having a new baby is an amazing experience. It comes with the wonder of how someone can be so tiny (and so loud at the same time!) and the fact they are dependent on us to take care of their every need for a while. There are so many ways we can care for and nurture our new tiny human, and so much we can do as women to support them to grow up healthy and strong.

Feeding our babies is one way of nurturing and caring for our baby, but there are currently a number of myths floating around and interfering with this process – myths that can leave many women with feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, failure, unplanned pregnancies, physical harm, and much more. Not what is needed at this precious time of immense change! … More Breastfeeding Myths Busted – Part 1

A Time For Celebration

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.
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Embracing the true beauty of pregnancy

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

The beauty of pregnancy that is rarely spoken about

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

First Period – A Time For Celebration

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 True Beauty of Pregnancy – Embracing the Stillness of 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

My Relationship with my Breasts Deepens (Breast Trilogy – Part 3)

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)