I am preparing to paint a birth altar cabinet for a friend’s upcoming blessingway ceremony. I have felt the urge for some time to share a post about the words that I included on the birth altar that I created for myself before my last birth. Some elements included were from pages of a cheapy page-a-day calendar from the $1 Shop and some were parts of a t-shirt tag from the tag on a shirt I purchased from WYSH at an LLL conference in 2009 (why keep a t-shirt tag from 2009, you might ask? Because it had lots of cool things written on it! And, behold, it became a source of birth altar wisdom for me. Wisdom lurks in unexpected places!)
I am struck by how these words from unconventional locations apply so perfectly to giving birth. Here’s what the little cards and snippets I included say:
From the calendar:
Inhale * Exhale * Relax * Repeat
LOVE the process.
Embrace peace within.
Keep it simple.
From the t-shirt tag:
Befriend fear, embrace struggle, trust nature, the process, and a baby’s wisdom (I swear, this shirt had NOTHING to do with giving birth!)
We don’t tell our flowers how to grow, to stay low or bloom before they’re ready.
Undivide your attention. All clear.
Lead with your spirit, rise above the noise, show the world your true self.
Also from the tag were individual words that I included: freedom. trust. inspiration. respect. authenticity. empowerment.
And, then I cut the following from a tag on a pendant from my husband:
May the Love we’re
sharing spread its Wings
and fly across the Earth
and bring new Joy to
every Soul on the Planet.