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The Healing Womb




The Healing Womb
Meditation Podcasts

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I invite you to enter the Healing Womb, sanctuary of spirit, of love, of holding; a virtual living room, where friends gather for thirty quiet minutes typically every other week and connect to the nurturing flow that this life offers us through heartful, mindful awareness in the comfort of our own homes. Even if you are not living with a chronic illness, healing is a broad term.  We all have some healing to do. 

In my experience, healing does not always involve a "cure". It happens daily to people with horrendous illnesses. Healing for me is a balanced state of mental, spiritual and emotional well being that allows for comfort in an uncomfortable body and mind. If we can learn to be with this moment, what ever “this” moment looks like, then the fears that are tangled up with pain, the anxieties that tend to tip us off center, gently reach equilibrium again, at least temporarily.
Then for a breath... maybe ten breaths,
we can experience relief and peace
                                               ...and begin again. 
                                                                                     ~Laura



Click the links below to meditate along with any of these 30-minute podcast offerings.  

Season 3

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Click HERE to enjoy a special hour of conversation between my friend Toni Bernhard and mindfulness meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein discussing Toni's newest book, How To Wake Up. These two women understand and teach compassion from the wholeness of their hearts.
   ~Thank you Toni for sharing this with us here in The Healing Womb.

           
Season 2

Podcast Copyright © 2012 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved. 


Podcast Copyright © 2012 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


Podcast Copyright © 2012 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


Podcast Copyright © 2012 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


Podcast Copyright © 2012 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


Podcast Copyright © 2013 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


Podcast Copyright © 2013 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


Podcast Copyright © 2013 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


Podcast Copyright © 2013 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


Podcast Copyright © 2013 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.


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Read Myrna Rosa's poem, "Appreciation" here
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All Poetry, Melodies, and Teachings contained in these Podcasts are the original work of Laura Hegfield unless otherwise specified. Permission has been granted to share the work of other poets in a few of the recordings and is attributed to these generous individuals in these podcast recordings.


   

Props and Alignment
Being a practicing yogini since 1991, I feel strongly about the value of props for support and comfortable alignment. Alignment is important as it allows our breath to flow with greater ease, helps us to stay alert in our practice and protects our bodies from injury. I offer what is written below as suggestions from personal experience and information I’ve learned from my teachers through the years. YOU know what works best for your body, if something hurts, feel free to readjust yourself at any time during our practice. Listen to your body with compassion.

On the floor: If using a zafu (meditation cushion) or folded blanket on the floor, sit so that the sits bones and fleshy part of your bottom is on the thickest part of the cushion or back just beyond the edge of the folded blanket. Reach your hands beneath your buttocks and gently pull the flesh outward so that you feel the bones connecting with the cushion. I suggest that you do not cross your ankles as you sit, instead rest the sole of one foot against the opposite inner thigh and the sole of the other foot against the shin of the opposite leg. Your pelvis should be tilted slightly forward so that your hips are a little higher than your knees, allowing for space between the vertebrae of your spine. This alleviates the “crunched” up feeling in your lower back that can be painful and cause fatigue.

Straight-backed chair: If you are on a chair, there are a few options to try. You may prefer one to another. Sit toward the edge of the chair with only your sits bones and the fleshy part of your bottom on a folded towel (set atop the seat of the chair) thighs extending forward, your feet flat on the floor. Placing a folded towel beneath your buttocks will raise and tilt your pelvis slightly forward. If your legs are short like mine, you will need to place a few books, folded blankets, or yoga blocks beneath your feet so that they are supported and your base is completely stable. If you fatigue easily and do not have a lot of core strength, you may find that sitting back in the chair with a hand towel rolled and placed between the small curve of your lower spine and the back of the chair, along with a folded towel placed beneath just your sits bones and books, blocks or folded blankets under your feet is more comfortable. Like those who are sitting on the floor, you will want to reach beneath the fleshy part of your buttocks and gently pull the flesh outward so that you feel the connection between your sits bones and the seat of your folded towel.

Reclining: If reclining you may wish to place a thick rolled bath towel, bolster or rolled blanket beneath your knees. This relieves tension in the lower spine. You may also find it comfortable to place a rolled hand towel in the space between the surface you are resting on and the curve of your neck for extra support.

Play with the towel rolling, book piling, and blanket folding before we sit together, to find the heights and thicknesses that work best for YOUR body.

I find having an extra blanket, shawl or sweater to throw over my shoulders as I sit is cozy. I get cold easily, it is no fun to sit and shiver, it tenses up the body and while noticing pleasant and unpleasant is part of mindfulness practice, why not at least start out somewhat comfortably? 

How does one hold a phone while meditating? Two people asked me about this, and it is an excellent question! I use a hands-free headset so that I can listen without holding the phone when I sit in spiritual direction with my director or when I guide others. I do the same when coaching so my hands are free for note taking, and of course will be using that for our meditation circle as well. An alternative is to simply use the speaker setting on your telephone.

           

The word for compassion in Hebrew is rachamim.
Rechem, womb is rooted in the same word.