The labyrinth is an ancient symbol representing our journey through life, ordeals, and transitions. Its single, convoluted pathway begins at the opening, leads directly to the center, and out again. Walking or finger-tracing a labyrinth invokes a sensation of turning inward, then outward, perhaps reminding us of our first journey from our mother's body into the world.
When I learned about the labyrinth, and after I experienced it as a meditation, I saw it a the perfect symbol or "map" of a hero's journey and a woman's emotional and physical journey through pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. By adding personal symbols to your labyrinth, it becomes a Labyrinth, a tool to help you be calm and focused in labor, and to find your way through the childbearing year.
One of the best ways to be prepared to meet the unexpected challenges that will come in labor and postpartum is to learn a Great Story. Over the years. countless parents have told me that during the intensity of labor and postpartum, while the facts they learned and the plans they made receded into the background or were forgotten altogether, they were able to follow in the footsteps of a hero they identified with in a Great Story. During this workshop, you will learn: