Meditation for Motherhood: Zen Meditation for Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth

Meditation for Motherhood: Zen Meditation for Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth

by Yogi Brahmasamhara


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Zen Meditation for Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth

Inspiring practices of Zen meditation for mothers and mothers-to-be.

In Meditation for Motherhood Yogi Brahmasamhara presents step-by-step guidance on authentic Zen meditation, the most powerful, natural, and deeply beneficial practice available to a woman during the phases of creating and nurturing her baby. This is a practical and thoughtful guide for those planning pregnancy and parents-to-be to use right through their pregnancy, a time of great emotional and physical change that can be both exciting and challenging. Yogi Brahmasamhara explains the value of meditation to enhance harmony and wellbeing physically, mentally, and spiritually at a time when many can be plagued by worries and insecurities around their pregnancy and the impending birth.

With more than forty gentle and tailored exercises you will practice the ancient arts of:

Patience to listen to yourself and your baby
Letting go of tension, worry, and apprehension
Damping down the mind babble
Mindfulness, by deeply focusing on the present moment
Embracing your inner wisdom when confronted by difficulties

Above all, you will acquire the ability to take these skills with you wherever you go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632206268
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Yogi Brahmasamhara has practiced Authentic Meditation for more than thirty-seven years. In the mid 1990s, he began teaching meditation and established the first Sanctuary in Leichhardt, Sydney. Today, the Meditation Sanctuary attracts hundreds of students each year. Brahmasamhara initially spent five years studying Integral Yoga with Indian Yogi Misra Bashayandeh, who himself had been a student of the internationally renowned philosopher and Yoga Guru, Sri Aurobindo, at Pondicherry in India.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

To all who helped 3

Introduction 5

How to use this book 9

Prelude 14

Part 1 Zen Meditation: Preparing and Practices

Chapter 1 Introducing Zen meditation 21

Chapter 2 Preparing for meditation 24

Chapter 3 Comfortable postures for your practice 30

Chapter 4 The First Essence: letting go tension 37

Chapter 5 The Second Essence: natural breathing for calmness and wellbeing 55

Chapter 6 The Third Essence: calming the unquiet mind 78

Chapter 7 Mindfulness: the art of focusing on 'just this,' 'just now' 97

Chapter 8 Visualization: the benefits of focused imagination 108

Part 2 Putting Your Meditation into Practice

Chapter 9 Meditation for conception: health, stress and fertility 119

Chapter 10 Meditation and pregnancy: the first trimester 134

Chapter 11 Meditation and pregnancy: the second trimester 146

Chapter 12 Meditation and pregnancy: the third trimester 159

Chapter 13 Meditation and preparation for the birth 173

Chapter 14 Meditation for labor and delivery 185

Chapter 15 Meditation: bonding and 'the blues' 198

Chapter 16 Meditation: reaching into your wisdom 208

Chapter 17 Meditation: enlightened guidance through the big issues 213

Postscript: 'I like lizards': a meditative conclusion 231


List of exercises and photographs 236

Sources and references 239

Resources 242

About the author 243

Meditation Sanctuary 244

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