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Motherhood – our greatest teacher

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The mamahood journey is a crazy one ~ it doesn’t matter how prepared you thought you were, you were never going to be prepared enough.

How often do we really stop to reflect on what motherhood means to us? We know what it’s suppose to mean, we know what we’re told it means.

But have you ever stopped to consider what it truly means to you, the mother.

Before I became a mama I made a list. It was a list of the type of mother I wanted to be. Sadly I’m almost none of things I listed because when my babe was born, so was I, as a mother. And you know what, that’s ok. Each and everyday is a new experience, a new opportunity to learn and grow.

Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have. – Robin Lim

Motherhood is the toughest job in the world. We are our biggest critics and at times our own worst enemy. We are also our best support, because we know what you’re going through.

For years I’ve had a strong spiritual practice, drawing my inspiration from yoga and its infinite teachings. As mothers we are forced to self reflect regularly. Whether it’s our response to a tantrum throwing toddler, or a screaming newborn, our reactions, positive or negative call for reflection on whether we are being the type of mother we desire.

It would be fair to say that I’ve learnt more about myself in 20 months than I have in more than 30 years. The good, bad & the ugly.

But motherhood is magical. It’s where you discover your limits and how much further they are than what you thought. It’s where you find humour in the most desperate of times, patience in the most trying and love amongst the chaos.

It’s when you can turn from frustration to absolute bliss in an instance. It’s our ultimate teacher.

There are no “natural” mothers, no “perfect” mothers ~ we’re all real, raw and doing our best!

Mama Quote

For me, being a Mum means eternal purpose. My life, and main life focus, is to pour and provide all that I have into these littles, as best as I can! ~ Holly Elson, @topknotgirl_

It means sacred sacrifice, it means conscious commitment, it means explosive love bursts, it means growth, it means the world! ~ Callie Brown

It’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body” ~ Elizabeth Stone

To love and protect unconditionally ~ Kirstie Fotheringham @jack_and_izz

I call motherhood a work in progress. Always working towards letting go of expectations and moving with ease & grace. Sure, we can have a ‘desired or preferred’ outcome or situation but the disappointment comes when we set expectations that don’t deliver.

Let me explain. I have a preference that my toddler will not throw tantrums tomorrow (hello which mama with a 2 year old doesn’t ), but if he does I am not going to going into melt down mode because I’d set the expectation before the event. We can’t control our babes, but we can control our reactions.

What does this look as a daily practice?

Let go

Let go of expectations. Instead think preference or desire.

Go deep

Reflect on a deep soul level. Acknowledge it then let it go. The past is the past, your power is over your future.

Savasana

You’ll need plenty of this mama. Time to simply be and let go.

Motherhood is a choice you make everyday to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.
~ Donna Ball

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2 Responses

  1. Emma
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    Just receive your email and loved this post. As a new mum, Bub is 4 1/2 weeks, this really helped me relies I’m not alone. It’s taken this last month to let go of a lot of things, like not going to work, not always having a shower/breakfast when you want. It really has made me be mindful and in the moment. Xxxxx

    • yogamamas
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      Oh my gosh mama, you’re so right. It’s such a huge adjustment & we haven’t met a mama yet that doesn’t feel exactly the same way. We are all rock stars! Congratulations on your new babe and so glad you loved this post! All bliss, Kate & Andy xxx