Monday, February 22, 2016

Blessingway Invitation and Details

( Children are very very welcome, please don't feel obligated to stay home if you cannot find someone to watch them. If you can find someone, that would be great. I (Leah) will probably only have my girls there for the blessing. If you would like to volunteer, or know of someone who would; to help entertain and watch the children who do come, we would be thankful! Since this is a smaller event and socialization, we'd like the kids to have an activity for themselves so they don't get restless waiting. You can bring a 'gift' but don't have to. The only thing we ask you bring is a poem, prayer, bible verse or blessing to use for the prayer quilt. There is a list of foods and drink we have planned to make/eat for lunch and snacks, if you'd like to make any of these or buy ingredients that would be very much appreciated! If you feel led to help in any other way, just message me and we can discuss.)

“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through Birth.” –Marcie Macari

“A woman in Birth is at once her most powerful, and most vulnerable. But any woman who has birthed unhindered understands that we are stronger than we know.” –Marcie Macari

“For each of us as women, there is a deep place within, where hidden and growing our true spirit rises…Within these deep places, each one holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman’s place of power within each of us…it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep.” –Audre Lorde

            A Mother Blessing or Blessingway, is a ceremony that celebrates the coming of new life, while supporting the mother with prayer and fellowship for her upcoming birth. It celebrates pregnancy, birth and motherhood; and gives thanks to God, while spiritually uplifitng, praying for, and supporting the birthing woman. It focuses on the deeply spiritual experience of birth with a gathering of female friends and family as support, encouragement and love. The emphasis is on providing emotional strength and harmony to the mother by surrounding her with love, fellowship, prayer and a safe community of women to share with.

 This is a time to appreciate and experience the truth of the female body; that we were created to give birth. It is a refreshing space to release fears and focus on the intentions of birth and the birth experience.

The blessingway will be held between Park Rapids and Nevis MN, 
in a cozy cabin on the lake!

Bead CeremonyA bowl of beads will be offered. Choose a bead to string onto a necklace, 
that Leah will wear or hang near her birthing space.
Pieces of paper will be available to write down an intention or prayer
for each bead.

Prayer Quilt Making
Squares of fabric and fabric markers will be set up to
scribble the prayer/blessing/poem/bible verse that you brought.
A small quilt will be made  to hang near the birthing space,
and for Jamison to be wrapped in after his birth as a symbol 
of the community of hearts and prayers that came together for his 
entrance into the world. 

Releasing of Fears 
A small passage about fear and the power of love will be
talked about. Each of us will write down fears we struggle with 
in birth, motherhood, pregnancy; and we will come together to pray 
for love to overcome them. Leah will talk about her fears with us.
A red binding string will be wrapped around each womans wrist,
symbolizing our connection to eachother and the power we have in 
fellowship to transform and encourage one another. The string will be 
cut after our prayer and we can tie the bracelet if we wish to serve 
as a reminder of the fears we have released. The bracelet is usually
worn until Jamison is born, but each woman can do as she wishes 
with hers.
Foot Bath 
A foot bath will be done on Leah, while we
string the beads onto the birth necklace. A bowl of wildflowers 
will be passed around and each woman can choose a flower to enter into the bath.

Moon Salutation Yoga 

We all participate in a little yoga! I chose the Moon salutation
because of the moon's effect and symbolism for women, and 
especially our womb.

Belly Painting/Henna 
We aren't quite sure what we will do,
but it will be beautiful!
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Tator Tot Hotdish
Green smoothies
Fruit/Veggie Trays
Lavender Lemonade 
Cake & Cupcakes!

For the kids:
peanut butter sandwiches

(feel free to bring a snack or meal for yourself, if none of these work for you)

 For A Mother-to-Be
By John O’Donohue, from the book To Bless the Space Between Us.
Nothing could have prepared your heart to open like this.
From beyond the skies and the stars
This echo arrived inside of you and started to pulse with life
Each beat a tiny act of growth,
Traversing all our ancient shapes,
On its way home to itself.

Once it began, you were no longer your own.
A new, more courageous you, offering itself
In a new way to a presence you can sense
But you have not seen or known.

It has made you feel alone
In a way you never knew before;
Everyone else sees only from the outside
What you feel and feed
With every fiber of your being.

Never have you traveled farther inward
Where words and thoughts become half-light
unable to reach the fund of brightness
Strengthening inside the night of your womb.

Like some primeval moon,
Your soul brightens
The tides of essence
That flow to your child.

You know your life has changed forever,
For in all the days and years to come,
Distance will never be able to cut you off
From the one you now carry
For nine months under your heart.

May you be blessed with quiet confidence
That destiny will guide you and mind you.

May the emerging spirit of your child
Imbibe encouragement and joy
From the continuous music of your heart,
So that it can grow with ease,
Respectant of wonder and welcome when its form is fully filled

And it makes it journey out
To see you and settle at last
Relieved and glad in your arms.

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