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Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Whedon
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Book Description

The experience of conception, pregnancy, and birth can be an arduous climb up a steep path fraught with anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. But what if it is more like a meditative walk through a labyrinth?

You step through the gate into the labyrinth, and a seed of life stirs in your womb. Your feet tread the path’s twists and turns, your belly swells, your body softens, and your heart opens. Earthquakes shake your body at the labyrinth’s core, then time seems to stand still. Here at the center, you have dropped all unnecessary burdens so that your soft animal body may open, enabling this most holy of passages: the birth of a human child. Gathering the babe to your breast, you begin the journey back on the winding path, out of the labyrinth of this, your childbearing year.

Countless mothers have walked this path before you, and your instincts will lead you along its well-worn grooves. But wouldn’t it be sweet to be guided by one who has walked this path before, a companion to help you anticipate the sharp rocks that crop up underfoot and to guard the tender places of beauty and mystery?

Birth on the Labyrinth Path is a Pagan guide to pregnancy based on the increasingly popular spiritual practice of a meditative labyrinth walk. The book’s three sections are inspired by an ancient three-part model: purgation (conception and pregnancy), illumination (labor and birth), and union (postpartum). Each section offers a body-positive discussion of that phase of the childbearing year with insights from the meditative labyrinth walk, plus suggestions for ritual and connecting with the sacred.

Sarah Whedon holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and Women’s Studies from UCSB and teaches at Cherry Hill Seminary, where she has developed a community course on Paganism and childbirth. She is trained as a doula, focusing on support for birth and abortion. She has experience as a Pagan priestess, teacher, and organizer, and is a mother of two.

Product Details

  • File Size: 134 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Patheos Press (June 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008969O5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great little book! June 12, 2012
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Really enjoyed this short book about pregnancy and birth from a pagan perspective. The reflections on the embodied, spiritual nature of pregnancy and birth were wonderful. It is very positive an reinforcing and contains great thoughts like this one:
"A body that is curvier than it was before, maybe bearing stretch marks or scars from surgical procedures or tearing, maybe producing milk, is a body that bears the signs of delivering a human being into this world. We may mourn our smooth, skinny, unmarked maiden bodies, but at the same time we can celebrate the beauty of our storied, productive, and strong mama bodies."

My only critique is that it is very short and I think it could have been developed into something longer.
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