If you are more of a do-it-yourselfer, you will LOVE writing your own birth mantras for meditation. What could be more tailor-made for your birth than mantras that resonate with the very soul who composed them?
When we are in labor, the goal is to get through each contraction and rest in between them. But, if we let our fear get the best of us, we end up suffering during the contraction as well as in between contractions, because we get caught up in anticipating the pain. “Mantras are sacred words that have spiritual qualities when uttered. They are used to connect with the Divine and protect the mind from sources of suffering,” writes Jillian Babcock in an article for Yogapedia titled, “The Sacred Meaning of Mantras”.
The goal of repeating mantras (or affirmations) and centering your meditation on a mantra is to get into a part of your brain that is very primal. This part of the brain called the “mammalian brain”, when accessed during birth, can most easily be done when the birthing person feels safe, supported and loved. When you are in your mammalian brain, your birth experience is more likely to unfold just the way nature has designed. The cascade of hormones that helps your body relax and open is unleashed from that place inside of us that is pure animal instinct. To let go of rational thinking and submit to the will of your body and baby; that is the goal.
But how do you get there? Seems like a strange place to be for someone who tends to overthink things, who overprepares for everything . . . who is a perfectionist. You can start by journaling your thoughts and fears. This is followed by looking over your journaling after a week with ‘girlfriend eyes’ and determine what negative beliefs need to be replaced with positive ones. Those positive thoughts become your mantras and the script for your guided meditation. Give yourself time, though. The process of writing your mantras and changing your negative beliefs into positive ones takes around 6 weeks.
According to Nikki Novo, writing for Miami Racked, “The idea is that if we continue to repeat a positive mantra over and over again, eventually it will override a negative belief our mind has grown accustomed to.” She goes on to give a step-by-step guide to write your own mantra. You can tweak this to use in your labor. Click here to access the guide.