Birthing A New You

May 11th, 2013

new born

Marianne Williamson said- “When a woman gives birth, two are born; a baby from the womb of its mother and a woman from the womb of her former existence.”

Being a mother, in all its humanity, joy and frustration, is ultimately a celebration of a new you. You will never be the same after all this pain, all this loving, all this letting go. In each step on the path of motherhood, you are discovering the delight of awakening to the source of life that dances in and through you.

As a mother, you know what it is to feel such intense passion for your creation that you would stop at nothing to try and end your child’s suffering. As a mother, you know forgiveness like no other. As a mother, you celebrate the achievements of your child because you know better than others the struggle that often leads to success.

Most importantly, mothers know how changeable life is. You know what it is to shift your roles and relationships with your kids. This is such a profound lesson in impermanence. My grandmother died in 1994. At the time, Meg was full of the life of our first child. After the funeral for my grandma, my mother placed her hand on Meg’s pregnant stomach and said, “As one life passes, another begins.” I have never forgotten that moment as new life merged with transitioning life, four generations crossed paths for just a few precious moments.

Mother or not, you are birthing new life each and every day. Your new creations and achievements are dear to you like children. May you surrender to the evolving life within and around you. May you cut the cords that need to be cut, hold tight where appropriate and be wise to know the difference. May you let go, not palms down but palms up so that what you release can fly free. May you know, amidst all the disappointment and imperfection, that life has a unity even if you don’t always feel or understand that unity. All things are evolving as they need to, and you are learning what you need to learn. You are part of the mysterious unity that dances free and unrestrained in all things at all times.

I honor all who give birth to life in every thought, word and action. Namaste

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  1. Beautiful! This brought me to tears and was a very powerful confirmation at the right time. Thank you!

  2. ian says:

    Good thoughts Gigi. Be well.

  3. Sandra says:

    Once again, thank you!  I’ve been a midwife for 25 years, and have just ‘left’ the profession to pursue my passion to be a life coach – and this has inspired me so much to gain some clarity around how I can use my skills and knowledge to support people to give birth to their hopes and dreams too.Namaste to you alsoSandra

  4. Joan Cook-Howe says:

    Thanks for being the authentic you Ian, and for sharing yourself so generously. 

  5. ian says:

    thanks Joan, I really appreciated your mothers day meditation.

  6. ian says:

    hi Sandra, good thoughts as you set out on the new path. What a beautiful connection between your previous path and this one. Namaste

  7. Sandra says:

    Thank you Ian :-)

  8. Powerful and beautiful. I tweeted this. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Christina says:

    Ian, this article is so heart touching and soul nourishing – thank-you so much.  My father’s mother died the day before I was born and I can really relate to the bitter sweet process of death, birth, rebirthing and the amazing love that intertwines it all.    I am also deeply conscious of the gratitude I feel for all you beautiful men.  If giving birth is a time when a girl becomes a woman, it is also a time when a boy becomes a man.   We women cannot do it without you wonderful men.    

  10. Patti says:

    I’ll read this every May.  Thanks, Ian.Love to you and Meg.