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Being mindful of the mystery in the 'mundane' ... otherwise known as THE MAGIC OF MOTHERHOOD ~ ( illustrated by artist @tiny.dad )

WHEN OTHER WOMEN AREN'T HATERS ~ JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU~ actually I've been really hard on myself lately because I haven't been able to show up for other women the way I'd like , my family took some hits and right now my only focus is me, my partner and 3 children , still I've canceled big plans, flaked and couldn't make anything I want , some girlfriends are angry others like ' I need to take care of me and you're unavailable ' ... it's so scary to lose friendships and general FOMO of anything , but Melinda @mumumansion speaking in this video was like oxygen for me ~ her words have compassion and depth, and keep these evolutions in relationship not personal , AS LONG AS WE ALL FOCUS ON OUR OWN SELF GROWTH & WORTH ~ we really don't know what's going on with others or they with us , let's all encourage the growth and self worth of each other , and connect with @mumumansion , she keeps her head up and heart open and inspires many women to do the same ~ we're all in this together , sending you each so much love

SOMETIMES IT'S ABOUT ONE PERSON REFLECTING BACK YOUR HIGHEST SELF ~ "Your past doesn't define your present and future currency. You set the value/the cost you've worked for and add tax to that shit!!! Your best asset is the power to make a decision for change NOW. And remember even late bloomers still bloom even through concrete jungles. I genuinely want everyone to exist in their divine existence no matter what that may be. But you can tell someone all the possibilities you foresee in them until you're blue in the face but they must see their own reflection beyond the smoke, distractions and lies. If this is you know your existence was intentionally created and WE need you to start living. Rest easy or be careful in whatever you get into tonight my love. ( words written by @tinyandbrave , inspired by video of @ethereal.1 , thank you both for your truth )

INTEGRITY CANT BE SOLD ~ by singer/artist @nahlabee who shared, ' RepostBy @nahlabee: "....Because I thought it was necessary to make a rhyme to If I Ruled The World - Nas ft Lauryn Hill embracing OUR ๐Ÿ‘‘ CROWN! "This Crown is an INTANGIBLE DISPLAY!" ( you are amazing @nahlabee ~ thank you for your tribute to
@nas @ms_laurynhill

SELF CARE AFTER MOTHERHOOD~ by beautiful mama @theszee
This is how I do yoga now... it's a different sort of playlist these days. Every session ends with breastfeeding and has a bit of hair pulling.
I am a beginner again. A whole new body with a whole new set of boundaries, limitations, and over flexibility. From all the relaxin in my body my joints have become really wobbly causing my muscles to jump into action and protect them by contracting. I am so tight ! Woa.
The pregnancy and birthing experience do a real number on all the systems of the body. My fascia felt like it had ripples in it - having been fully stretched and in an instant, baby is out and no longer creating tension, there was some big reorganization and a few days of full fascial confusion as it slowly came back together. The pelvic floor....well, what to say about that but holy fkn sh*t. A baby came out of there sooo ya, working on that. And my core....became non-existent, my spine was being held up by a body which is no longer in there and now what exactly is suppose to be supporting the space of the abdomen and low back? Add holding a baby 24/7 and some very interesting things happen.
All in all, I am a beginner student body with an intermediate mind that is finally understanding what tight students are dealing with. Long holds hurt. They don't feel delicious. Give me all the blocks, not to enhance the pose, rather to make it possible. Oh yoga. You're good. ( thank you so much for this important message @theszee , sending you so much love )

MOTHER & CHILD ( image of beautiful @alluremala , by photographer @kaleiddoscope )

WHEN WOMEN GATHER~ A @soulpick gathering ~ beautiful pregnant mama to be @tatiannatarot shared , "Last Year, my love @nillyearth & @reignglobal facilitated this amazing powwow with some of the most powerful FEMALE SPIRITS. There was certainly an excess amount of GIRL POWER including @Neyon_tree, @Rebekahlove_, & @Natybynature. We were able to dig in & discuss what was in our HEARTS + SOULS while @monicajustesen documented the magic, I miss every moment of this meet up!!! ( ......so many of us long for connections with other women like this ~ @nillyearth , you created such a beautiful community with @soulpick , connect with @tatiannatarot for cosmic tarot readings and daily grind mystical insights , @neyon_tree you are the embodiment of a living work of art , all the others thank you for the uplift and inspiration, here's to more women gathering and creating community )

WHEN YOU'RE FEELING SO SO DOWN~ REMEMBER IT WILL PASS ~ we all have our lows as women and especially in early motherhood, sometimes the lows last moments or days, sometimes days, weeks or months .... if you feel open to it, share below what helped you shift the energy during those low periods , from dance to therapy , maybe herbs maybe pharmaceutical medicine , maybe reaching out to close friends or meditation , THANK YOU @johannaenough
who shared , "What to do when postpartum depression hits you? Get up and dance.
Best way to free yourself from your own mind.' ( sending you love @johannaenough and thank you for sharing what so many of us experience)

IN AWE~ MIRACLES ARE REAL~ THIS IS BIRTH ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธShared by @tesoromaspreciado: "YO TE ESPERABA, Alma llegรณ al mundo bajo el sonido de la canciรณn que le dedicaba su mami junto a su hermana mayor Isis mientras estaba en la barriguita... que espectacular este momento๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ y la sonrisa de @yulita1409 que iluminaba toda la sala de parto y los ojos de quienes la contemplabamos)

MAKING PEACE WITH HOW BIRTH EVOLVES~ beautiful woman @martinikko shares about her upcoming birth ... ' 36 weeks on Tuesday and feeling blessed to have made it this far. โœจOMโœจ .
I know I am part of a very large community of natural birth supporters and I know it comes from a place of good intention. I too am an advocate for the least amount of unnecessary intervention as possible. It would be a dream for me to have a home water birth...however, I will share that I am actually having a hospital birth with a 50% chance of c section at this point. It would actually be irresponsible for any midwife/birthing center to take me on with the risks and challenges I have had during this pregnancy. Fear not, I have an amazing team and love and adore my OB. She has been providing me outstanding care and guidance while utilizing her medical expertise to make sure that baby is healthy and safe and that I remain healthy and safe. This is a great reminder to be inclusive, kind and loving with my speak and hopefully to encourage you all to be inclusive, kind and loving with your speak. Birth is birth and powerful in ALL ways. Women let's be good to women. Mamas let's be good to mamas." (Thank you @martinikko for the intention and beauty you bring to your life and share with the world )

WHEN FALLING APART SETS YOU FREE by @marilynthechef sharing on her orgasmic and unassisted birth~ ' This Birth used sexual stimulation to flow in contractions...(the same pleasure that helped make the baby) Its amazing, I told my doula @pregnantquotes 2 weeks ago I want to do live videos discussing my womb empowerment, my birth healing, But believe it or not videos are hard for me...but screw it, I'm free now, I'm purposefully Vulnerable...
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My doula @pregnantquotes gave me the reassurance I needed to plan this birth...
.My Scorpio Passion and drive made a 19 hour Posterior, Unassisted birth, a deliverance Session for Me!
.Everything in my life fell apart after...Freedom makes you see...
.YUP PURE FREEDOM DOES THAT...but once it cleans AND clears you๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ
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Iris turned 18mths this week...
.18 MONTHS AGO I GAVE BIRTH TO ME...
.18 months ago Iris, My Strong Flowers Birth, changed my ENTIRE PERSPECTIVE OF MYSELF ( @marilynthechef ~ thank you ! I've wanted to share your birth video for so long , connect with this amazing, optimistic, determined , positive mama of 3 + chef of course )

40 DAYS AT HOME AFTER BIRTH by @k8alexandrayoga "Confinement" is a common cultural practice for many women, after birth. But more and more western women are embracing this tradition. Me included.

While in my newborn cocoon, I spent lots of time skin-to-skin with my baby to help with breastfeeding and bonding. It felt like such a gift to give myself permission to ease into my second phase of motherhood: to do what felt good, honour my divine postpartum body, and fall in love with my baby. There was nothing 'confining' about my experience.

I did lots of pranayam, meditation and yoga nidra during this time to support my healing and the somewhat grueling 24hr feeding, sleeping cycle of a newborn. I had help with domestics, cooking and caring for my three year old. The urban tribe really showed up. In a big way!

Mamas, there is really no rush to get back to 'normal' life, the world can wait, your baby can't. Be here, now. I urge you to SLOW DOWN dear mamas. EMBRACE EASE AND SWEETNESS. There is nothing on earth like the 4th trimester. Your job is simple, learn to breastfeed, heal and... FALL IN LOVE.
( thank you @k8alexandrayoga )
Photo credit @tomdawkins - 3 days postpartum

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