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So, you may be asking, what does mindfulness got to do with it and how is it supposed to help my situation?  Great question and this just dawned on me the other day while I gave a mind and body talk for Resolve.

Here’s some definitions of mindfulness:

Mindfulness, a deceptively simple way of relating to experience, has long been used to lessen the sting of life’s difficulties, especially those that are seemingly self-imposed. “a moment-by-moment awareness” Mindfulness lies at the heart of Buddhist psychology. Mindfulness is a skill that allows us to be less reactive to what is happening in the moment. It is a way of relating to ALL experience-positive, negative, and neutral-so that our overall level of suffering is reduced and our sense of well-being increases.
So whether you are going through this journey or not Mindfulness is a great tool to deal with suffering and pain in all areas of life. It just so happens that there has been a lot of research done on what helps women and couples go through this infertility journey and Mindfulness is one technique or practice that is getting a lot of attention.
I have to admit I wasn’t very mindful prior to my infertility journey, but now I embrace the moments I have and it has helped me tremendously in dealing with all challenges in life.  Usually whatever is happening NOW is ok and we can handle. So if you can get out of your head chatter, out of the what if’s and the should of, would of, and could of…then you will be better off.  And in the end isn’t happiness what we are all looking for?
What are examples of Mindlessness?

-rushing through activies without being attentive to them
-breaking or spilling things because of inattention
-failing to notice subtle feelings of physical tension or discomfort
-forgetting a person’s name as soon as we have heard it
-being preoccupied with the furture or past
-snacking without being aware of eating
The more we stray from the present the more we suffer. Mindfulness can help us to step out of our conditioning and see things freshly- to see the rose it is. This is why most professionally lead infertility support groups incorporate Mindfulness practices into their groups.
We are re-starting our group here in the next 2 weeks, but new members are always welcome to come along during the ongoing group to get started.  We don’t want you to have to wait to get support.

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When you are trying to get pregnant, it seems everyone around you is an expert on conception. One of the most common pieces of advice given is “just relax and it will happen.”

And while the theory of relaxing and avoiding stress seems simple enough, it’s actually one of the most difficult things to achieve while trying to conceive. In fact, trying to relax can sometimes cause more stress because you’re having to work so hard to make it happen.

Fortunately, there is a fairly easy way to relax and reduce stress in your life. Just laugh. In fact in some recent studies, women exposed to laughter therapy actually had higher pregnancy rates than those who did not participate in laughter.

Apparently there are laugh yoga centers and laughter yoga sessions are most often 60 minutes in length. In the first 15 minutes, or so, participants explore the space and begin to breathe deeply, warming up the abs, lungs and vocal chords. The instructor introduces the practice, and then the exercies begin. Laugh yoga exercises train and tone all the muscles involved in smiling and laughing, including facial muscles, abdominal muscles and more, in order to transition smoothly into free-flowing laughter. The last 15 minutes is a time for release, through group sharing and meditative smiling and laughing. Sessions end in quiet meditation.

Or another option to find laughter is to watch stand-up comedy live or on tv!

Dallas Infertility & Miscarriage ExaminerMichele Kennon

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Reduce Stress with Breathing Meditation

An effective way to gain the upper hand over PCOS in the long run is to reduce chronic stress. Chronic stress produces alarm hormones that upset your overall hormonal balance and have been shown to worsen some symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.

When you’re feeling stressed, you may notice that your breathing becomes more rapid and shallow. When this happens, take a few deep, slow breaths.

Then take a little bit of time for a brief breathing meditation. A breathing meditation is a great way to calm yourself and reduce production of stress hormones.

Find a quiet place and get into a comfortable position. You could sit down in a chair or lie down. The important thing is to be comfortable so that you’re able to focus solely on your breathing.

Once you’re comfortable, close your eyes.

Start to notice your breathing. We breathe so often that we tend to take breathing for granted. So take the time to notice your breathing.

Notice the air filling your lungs. Then notice as you breathe out and the air leaves your lungs.

Repeat the process of noticing your breath.

As you do this, you’ll find thoughts coming up. They might be about family, friends, work or anything else. It doesn’t matter. It’s all part of the process and it is perfectly normal to continue to have thoughts while meditating.

When these thoughts come up, let them drift out with your next breath and bring your mind back to focusing on your breathing.

Continue for as long as you need to.

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