My Journey with KC didn’t just start with her asking me to be her birth Doula. It started 3 and a half years ago when she came to me for support in a very challenging time in her life. Since then I have watched her grow from strength to strength. KC has this warrior energy; she doesn't leave any coin unturned (so to speak) and she faces everything head on. When fear rises, she meets it and uses it as a source of power, it becomes her strength.
Her journey through pregnancy and labour was no different.
KC researched and study as much as she could to learn about her new experience- pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. I also shared tools of support for labour and birth with her and Ryan (her partner) during their pregnancy. KC was so prepared, that Ryan could not have been any other way, even if he tried. He was on the KC train and more than happy to take the ride! I saw early on that these two were going to make a great team and Ryan's calm, stable and strong, yet flexible...
There is always opportunity to practice, especially when you have children! They are your greatest teachers, supporting you to wake up. By popping your illusion, time and time again!
When someone triggers pain within you from their choice of words or actions, it hurts. It takes LOVE within you to rise out of that hurt and respond from love. When we react from anything else other then love we experience more pain, more hurt and more non-virtuous karma keeps on rising.
Nothing good comes from throwing more of the same back at someone.
It takes wisdom, awareness and strength to respond from love in the midst of deep hurt. The biggest transformations happen within you when you hand it over to Love. A warmth and tenderness moves over you, as the awareness sees the bigger picture.
When love steps in, this is how love would respond
~ Love honours both my pain and the others pain. Love knows none of this is personal.
~ Love knows that this person is suffering, experiencing pain himself or herself to act towards you in this way.
~ Love knows that this person hasn’t got the awareness or wisdom yet to see their pain. So therefore it gets projected.
~ Love knows he or...
There is something very unique about supporting the birth of one of your family members. Your heart melts in so many ways that I find it hard to put into words. I have been sitting with the experience for a week, allowing the space to let the words come. I can’t quiet get it out of my heart and into words, or is it I really don’t want too?
There is a part of me that likes it that way. Before all the labels come and describe the indescribable. In reality I won’t be able to describe it. It will just be a group of words that will be pointing to the experience of Love in Action.
So here we go…
My Brother Scott
From the moment Scott and Nikki were pregnant a new level of love opened deep within in me, for them. Although my relationship with Scott has always been strong, and I have been through many experiences of highs and lows with him. This was different. He was now going to be a father. A dream that he has had as long as I can remember. A dream at...
I have been enjoying the holidays, the break in routine, and to live moment to moment, without a schedule. I have been fortunate to have spontaneous moments of being by myself, like today. I got to go to the beach for a walk, swim and float in the ocean.
As a mother of 3, I can’t tell you how incredible those moments of space are. These days I take them when I can. It’s rare that I get a few hours, let alone a whole day for myself, so when I am gifted with these moments throughout the day I am so grateful, followed closely by breathing life in deeply and completely!
On the Dharma path, practice happens in these precious moments of space, alone with all that is arising. It also happens during the chaos and busyness of life. However, if we have not taken the space to be alone with self to practice the dharma (during those times of chaos and craziness) we will only find confusion, fear and suffering.