“Don’t Just Do Something Mama, Stand There” – How to be Present as a New Mom

We are so used to accomplishing… But when we allow ourselves just to be through Ma Yoga, we get more in touch with our inner wisdom as new moms.

I went to a lovely yoga class yesterday where we focused more on being than doing.

Even when we “did”, we tried to come from “be.”

I experienced a sweetness that I think we tend to forget about when we get really busy as new moms. In yoga, this powerful force that flows through us is often called Consciousness. When we focus more on being, we begin to ride this flow like the current of a river, as it beats our hearts and guides us toward more goodness, truth and beauty.

It reminded me that becoming a new mom can put us right into the “Being-ness” in our lives, if we let it.

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We are so used to accomplishing, being productive, and achieving useful goals it can be depressing to have the measure of our value suddenly go to zero.

But when we allow ourselves just to be, we get more in touch with our inner wisdom.

When we allow ourselves to be, a part of us that is always aware of possibility comes to the forefront and embraces our smaller, scared Self with love.

When we allow ourselves to be, eventually we begin to feel a desire arising to make a contribution, however small. From this place we have more courage to stand for love in the world, in whatever way that makes sense to us.

If you have limiting thoughts that block you from seeing your own gifts clearly (and who doesn’t?), let yourself BE a little more this week. Sit and notice your breath without trying to achieve anything in particular. Listen to music instead of the radio. Move a few things on your to do list to next week.

When a feeling of peace and sweetness arises, ask yourself: what is the most radical, bad ass move I can make this week to generate momentum for my life?

What action will honor the bigness of my spirit as well as the level of my energy these days?

It’s hard to even ask this question, no less hear the answer, when we are immersed in action as new moms.

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And this week, just as an experiment, even when we are doing, let’s take this feeling of NOT doing with us; and because we are coming from a more expansive, loving and empowered place, we might just have the courage to do something we’ve never done before.

So, don’t just do something Mama, stand there! And of course, our mat is a GREAT place to get in touch with just being…

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