Innerweave: The Wholeness Story
Can’t seem to let go of thoughts about “babies.” Wrote about one in the Christmas Today, meditated about the One during the holidays, read about the first one of the new year, and now to reflect with Wendy Wright on the mystery of the moments of a baby’s coming:
“There is a strange timeliness to the experience of the actual coming of a child. Most women who have borne children can attest to this fact. In the days of waiting, time, as a medium of change, dominates consciousness. The new life growing inside you profoundly shapes your own life. A new self-concept grows, a new sense of embodiment impinges on consciousness, a new ‘other’ holds sway from within. You are not who you thought you were. Rather, you are a person whose identity—psychic, spiritual, and physical—is intimately linked to another person. You are persons overlapped in time and space, sharing breath and blood and heartbeat. During the waiting most women are keenly aware of time. Time measured out between obstetrical appointments, time weighed in added pounds and unwieldiness, time parceled out by the growing awareness of presence—from the first moth-like flutters of the ‘quickening’ to the astonishing protrusions of stretching feet and arms. Submerged in an ocean of time—transformed by it, submissive to it—your deepest desire is cast like a tiny float out on its shoreless waves. Suddenly the coming is upon you, and time dissolves. There is only the present in its gleaming stark clarity. No past, no future, there is only now—this time which is strangely timeless in its intensity. There are as many different experiences of birth as there are women, but for all of them the waiting is over. The promised one bursts forth, new life sings, out … it is a moment whose mystery is timeless.”
Using the faculty of imagination and the mystery of the Incarnation, it can all come together for you in a moment of remembering and worshiping in gratitude.
By Wil Alexander, PhD
Professor of family medicine, School of Medicine