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By Kelli Foulkrod, MS, LPA, RYT
This title seems to be a big contradiction; however, I’m writing today to shed some light on a concept I think more new moms need to hear.
Yes, when we become a mother, and we have a new baby there is absolutely a lot we have gained. There is a new human being living under your roof, family and friends visiting, and lots and lots of baby stuff!
In my work with new moms, though, what I hear over and over again is, “why do I feel so empty?” There is a myth out there, perpetuated by our media, which sells us the idea that motherhood is bliss. That in bringing new life into the world, we will be happy, the perfect mother, and finally feel full and fulfilled as if the new baby was the missing piece to make our life complete.
The new year brings pressure to change. The idea of resolutions dominate all websites and there's this feeling of "needing to be more" or "do better" or "be prettier" or "be healthier." Doesn't make the new year feel especially grand. Instead, we often end up feeling as though something's lacking.
We offer to you a practice in the spirit of acceptance and love to journey into the new year.
In mindfulness meditation teachings we work to accept the moment. To accept ourselves, our thoughts, our feelings. When I teach this idea, people always ask, "Does that mean we can't have goals? We can't try for change?" It's too foreign to be able to juggle these ideas that we see as competing: accepting ourselves, and growing.
Acceptance is harder than growing. It takes bravery to be vulnerable and learn to let go and open up.
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