Many childless women have spent so many years thinking about their body and yet disconnecting from it. They feel a deep inner shame and mistrust of their bodies and are unable to show themselves compassion as a result. This episode is all about embodiment, coming home to your body.
Sarah Jane Smith used her embodiment practices to re-establish that trust with her own body after many years of infertility and ultimately a hysterectomy. She had to have compassion for herself as she re-established what she could do with her body and how she identified with it.
In this episode, you’ll discover:
- how to reverse the desire to push for performance and how that relates to fertility and the desire to be a mother
- how to use movement to reconnect with your body and allow it to show you what it needs
- why it’s so important to meet yourself with kindness and compassion
Here are some of the highlights:
3:45 – Sarah Jane’s story, 10 years of fibroids and ultimately a hysterectomy
9:07 – The feeling of failure with every period yet continuing to try and the perceived judgment of not doing fertility treatments
13:55 – How Sarah Jane began to heal
16:12 – Intentionally focusing on healing after her hysterectomy, asking “who am I now, what can my body do?”
17:23 – The beginning of her embodiment journey and what embodiment is
21:22 – How Sarah Jane teaches embodiment
26:46 – Using performance as a measure of self-worth and how it relates to the fertility journey
30:29 – The pieces of the embodiment practice: yoga, movement, writing, sharing (and the importance of sharing)
32:18 – The challenge of having self-compassion and how to meet yourself with kindness
38:40 – How embodiment coaching helps to re-establish trust with the body
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References from this episode:
Sarah Jane’s free gift: A Childless Woman’s Guide to Re-establishing Trust and Connection With Your Body
Find Sarah Jane on Instagram @embodiedpossibility
Sarah Jane’s website: embodiedpossibility.com
Quote reference: Pema Chödrön