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Happy Mama Movement with Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

Author: Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

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Motherhood changes us. As the generation who were told we could do anything and be anything we want to be, accepting the changes that come with motherhood can be very difficult. Our priorities shift, our definition of success evolves, and we find ourselves questioning our addiction to busy-ness. Who are we now? And can we be the best mamas without completely losing ourselves along the way? The Happy Mama Movement is a collection of interviews and insights with real mamas around the world, reflecting on mindfulness, real connection, and the realities of being a modern day mama.
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Matrescence forces us to redefine who we are.It asks us to look at what's working, who we think we are, what we're attached to, and how we value ourselves - and not just in the first weeks and months of motherhood, but over and over again.(In fact, it's kind of never ending. But don't let that put you off!)But as we peel back those layers of identity and attachment, what does that leave?As my guest this week - author, mama and now children's book creator Amy Molloy - says:If I'm not that person, then who am I?This podcast is a reminder that we never stop asking ourselves this question - and that's OK.With each new layer we peel back, we're getting closer to our true self.You can contribute to the funding of Amy's new amazing children's book that also deeply supports and benefits the parent reading it (when we really need it the most) here.
It's so easy to decide that now is not the right time.Motherhood, household chores, school holidays, deadlines, illnesses... there's always something. Always.But we have two choices -We can choose to keep putting ourselves on hold, waiting for that perfect moment when everything lines up and the heavens open for us to GET A MINUTE TO OURSELVES...Or we can choose to do it anyway.We can decide that it's good enough for now.Today on the podcast, I was inspired to record something for you after a recent coaching session. This mama, at home with two young boys, was telling me how she decided to listen to one of my meditations in the car - even with her son in the back, watching Paw Patrol.And in this decision, she chose to honour herself - as a woman. Beyond being a mama.
Most mothers have experienced exhaustion, pain, forgetfulness, indecision, low energy levels, moodiness, or some form of baby brain.And it's no wonder: the process of growing a baby depletes a mother's body in substantial ways - on average, a mother's brain shrinks 5% during pregnancy, and the placenta saps her of essential nutrients that she needs to be healthy and contented.But with postnatal care ending after six weeks, most women never learn how to rebuild their strength and care for their bodies after childbirth.As a result, they can suffer from the effects of depletion for many years, without knowing what's wrong or getting the support and treatments that they need.Dr Oscar Serrallach is the man behind this insight, and is changing the way we honour being a mother. By bringing in these new understandings of what really happens to a woman's body, he's allowing us all to breathe out ... realising that there isn't something 'wrong' with us. We're just depleted.You can learn more about Dr Serrallach's work on his website, and order a copy of his book here
Where have they gone? Where have those milestones, those celebrations, those INITIATIONS of womanhood gone? They have become invisible. Forgotten and pushed-aside for a faster paced life. A life where we are all meant to be the same, all of the time. To honour motherhood differently, we need to honour womanhood differently. They go hand in hand. To change the way women feel about being a mother, we need to change the way we initiate them into the very beginnings of this whole experience: becoming a woman, then becoming a mama, then when our children leave home, then when we evolve again in menopause. These are the initiations we have forgotten. But the invitation is there for you now, mama...what do you need to be honoured?and can you give that to yourself, or seek it out, now?
How would knowing you're a sacred woman change things for you? How would you treat yourself, how would you honour yourself, how would you love, and parent, and live if you KNEW you were a sacred woman? This is the question that sparked a divine journey into discovering and uncovering what it means to honour yourself as a whole woman. Megan Dalla-Camina, in her new book 'Simple, Soulful, Sacred' explore why we are so disconnected to ourselves as women, and how we can come back home to the truth - that we really are sacred women. Because at the core of it, when we begin to see and honour ourselves this way, everything else flows. You can read more of Megan's work at www.megandallacamina.com
We think we're the only ones who find it hard.We look at Instragram and see only the best bits - the yoga in the morning, the smoothie for breakfast, the happy family moment on the beach. And we judge.I don't want to do this anymore. I don't want you to think that I never have those days where it's all too hard, that I'm at capacity, and I want to hide. Because I do - I really do.So in this very personal episode, recorded from my kitchen floor on one of 'those' days', I share with you what happens behind closed doors, in the hope that you too can know that it's OK for us to rise AND rest. It really is OK.
There's a lot to be worried about.Our kid's health, their safety, bullying, screen time.At first, it was how to just keep them alive, and then, as they get older, the fears seem to compound with each passing day...How can we ensure they're safe? How do we instill a deep sense of self within them? How do we let go when we want to keep them so close?Trust, and surrender. That's what I have to remember, over and over again:Trust, and surrender.Choosing love over fear as a mama is one of the greatest challenges, and in this episode, meditation teacher and mama Fleur Chambers shares her own journey with post-natal anxiety, and finding her way to love over fear.You can listen to Fleur's phenomenally successful meditations on Insight Timer, or explore her online programs here.
I used to teach that self-care was the answer to so much of our strugggles as mamas. That if we just 'filled our cup first', we would change that feeling of overwhelm,And I believed it. In fact, I practised what I preached - over and over again. Until my pursuit of trying to squeeze everything in, including the self-care, caused early labour and complete burn out.So when I talk about how to finally switch out of that comparison mode and the feeling that you've never done enough now, I share from a place of real learning:I've had to figure out why, no matter what I did, I couldn't seem to slow down or be kind to myself.This podcast episode is a little different this week. Rather than a short insight from me, I am sharing with you an online workshop I recently taught on self-criticism, and how we can finally stop pushing ourselves so hard each day. How we can let go of Superwoman, and actually start living our life with joy and connection. And I share practical insights that have finally worked in helping me - and thousands of others - switch off that inner critic, and be the mama AND woman they want to be.And remember, you can join the 40 day REDEFINE program until Friday 30th August here - this is the last time I will be running this program this year, and at this price.
We SAY we're going to slow down and prioritise what's really important to us, and yet we keep trying to do all the things.We know our health needs us to step off the never ending to-do list treadmill, and yet we struggle to say no.Why? Why is it that as life gets busier with babies, we find it so hard to admit we can't be Superwomen anymore, and slow down a little?This is the question I ask Meg Berryman. Meg has been through her own discovery of why she was so addicted to busy-ness, and how she can live a slower and more intentional life. And now, she helps other mamas do the same. Because at the end of the day, it's time we broke up with busyness mamas.
It's not in another to-do list.It's not in getting up earlier, or staying up later.And it's definitely not in just being busier.The balance we crave as mamas and as women has nothing to do with what is going on in our lives (yes, nothing!), but is all about how you are acknowledging what you need and who you are right now.Matrescence is a transformation - an ongoing, every expanding transformation. And if we don't take a time to acknowledge what is going on, and turn off that Superwoman Addiction, we'll just get more and more burnt out.Balance comes from a completely new way at looking at yourself right now, mama...And in this episode, I begin to shine a little light on what that means.You can also join my completely free 5 Days to Real Balance program - starting on 19th of August.Thousands of mamas have been through this program, and have inundated me with messages about how much it helped them find more balance and calm.Join here. 100% Free.x
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