|photo by Luanne Kloster © 2011|
"Until I became pregnant with Milo, my belly held my tension, stress, worry, and negative feelings about myself and my body, not only energetically, but physically. Putting a hand on my tight, flat, nearly concave belly, one could feel the spot where energy got caught up and blocked the flow through my body. It was as if I was wearing armor. While carrying sweet Milo inside, and now carrying him outside, my belly has relaxed. I love its softer disposition- it reminds me of the old adage: only by loving ourselves, we can love others fully. I certainly have newfound respect and love for my body after experiencing its capability and strength during pregnancy and childbirth. And this greater sense of self-respect helps me to love my family with greater joy and softness. I love how this picture reflects this- my belly all shiny from the nourishing lotion I'd just made with Luanne, Elissa, and Lauren. And Milo's smile and pudgy pointing, proud finger. He should be proud! He's very much responsible for this happy, relaxed mama belly."