A well known speaker started off her seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, she asked. “Who would like this $20 bill?”
Hands started going up. She said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you – but first, let me do this.”
She proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. She then asked. “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” she replied, “what if I do this?” She dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with her shoe. She picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?”
Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by …WHO WE ARE.
What Babies Want – An exploration of the consciousness of infants. A fascinating insight into how babies interact with the world, and what they need to thrive.
Orgasmic Birth Watch this film and get in on the worlds best-kept secret: labour and birth can be pleasurable – even ecstatic. Better yet, pleasurable birth enhances the health of both mother and baby and creates a positive foundation for a lifetime.” – Christiane Northrup, MD FACOG
Inner Strength– Website originally in German, but the page can be translated and the trailer downloaded. The music is a little ‘intrusive’, but the actual births shown are magical and inspiring to watch, and beautifully demonstrate how much support partners can give 🙂
Birth As We Know It – The film beautifully illustrates what it really takes to prepare for conscious birth and deliver a baby gracefully, minimizing trauma for all involved.” A very spiritual film about birth, and if you sign up for the newsletter, you get to watch the 25 minute educational version for FREE 🙂
It’s a common question that people ask themselves as they go through life, and can cause a great deal of anxiety when you reach certain stages in life (such as choosing which GCSEs to focus on studying in high school, choosing a career to focus on etc) and you don’t know. This great TED talk has answers for people just like you (and me!), who have reached middle-age and STILL don’t know what we want to be when we grow up…
And this is what studies have also shown ‘extinction methods’ of sleep training such as crying it out do to babies and children. As a culture we seem to be very uncomfortable with the sound of anyone crying, and I suspect this is because we have long learned to silence our own cries. So the sound of someone else giving voice to their own pain or discomfort triggers our own unheard feelings. This triggering of discomfort in ourselves is an indication that we need to heal our own pain and learn again to listen to our own feelings, and express them safely.
This idea also takes us right back to the importance of attachment and connection between babies and their caregivers 🙂 I don’t know why it seems so hard for modern society to grasp but we are a species that NEEDS attachments and social connections to thrive, and when we don’t get those, it creates social challenges, the consequences of which then spread out and affect many of us. Connection is key to solving a fair amount of societies ‘problems’, from what I’ve seen and researched over the years…