We've been all a-talk about our brains lately-what hemisphere may be stronger, which one may be less developed, how that shows up in our body, how that shows up in our masculine, feminine, if we spend too much time in our logical brain, if our creative brain is neglected, and so it goes on. We get clues of this when our practice members are on the table (ohhh! you're all right sided tension today...), when we do the nerve and muscle scans, and when we do our initial assessments for our care plans.
I know this is all my world, but I love seeing when other worlds intersect with this.
The recent Pathways magazine has an article called The Pregnancy Circle by Laurel Bay Connell, MA. She compares her first pregnancy from more of a left brain approach, to her second with more of a right brain approach. For her first pregnancy, she spent her time researching, doing the expected things, going to the classes, interviewing doctors and midwives, doing her exercises, etc.-making her left brain strong. Compared to her second pregnancy, she spent her time preparing her inner self by creating a Pregnancy Circle with other women, providing reflective time, stillness, meditation, listening to her inner wisdom and intuition, using art, creativity and imagination...reconnecting with her right brain.
"Pregnancy and motherhood is deeply rooted in our instincts, our intuition, our feelings-our right brain. The right brain is our primal brain, our "old brain." It is the side of our brain that governs our emotions, our creativity, and our intuition. It is in the present moment." (Pathways to Family Wellness Issue 41)
It does sound lovely to put the left brain on pause for that amazing time of pregnancy, childbirth and the early parenting days. While I know that many of our moms still do a lot of the left brain preparations, there is also a big trend towards more women participating in Women's Circles, blessingways, and spending more time actively creating while their body is so hard at work.