Learning to Love Myself Through My Breasts – Breastfeeding and Trusting Stillness Within

by Luz Helena Hincapie, 35 years, BA Architect, Colombia, South America

As with any other subject in this world, Breastfeeding comes with its own set of ideals and beliefs.

The obsession to do the best thing for our children above everything else, including the mother, seems to be normal and accepted. Ideas on breastfeeding have a great impact on women, as it did on me. Women can feel good about themselves if they produce enough milk and choose to breastfeed for a LONG time, or sad with a secret sense of failure if they don’t. Continue reading “Learning to Love Myself Through My Breasts – Breastfeeding and Trusting Stillness Within”

Being Pregnant – Putting Caring for Myself First

by Nicole Serafin, Age 41, Tintenbar, NSW

I had my first child at 35 years old and my second at 40. Actually, it was closer to 36 and 41 as my birthday was only a few days after both children were born.

I was not overly active during my pregnancies, however I was aware of the fact that having a baby would affect and possibly change my body. Changes affect everyone differently, so I was not sure how it would affect me, or even if it would. All I knew was that I had to be open to the possibilities and be flexible with what might be needed during and after that time.  Continue reading “Being Pregnant – Putting Caring for Myself First”

Preventative Bilateral Mastectomy with Immediate Reconstruction

by Eunice J Minford MA FRCS Ed, Consultant Surgeon, N. Ireland

The world’s media was recently focussed on Angelina Jolie and her decision to have a prophylactic or preventative bilateral mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.  Some celebrated her bravery and courage in being so open with her decision, and for taking the decision in the first place. Many felt it would help other women going through the same dilemma to see a leading world actress, renowned for her beauty and sexuality, undergo such a major operation. Others were critical of her decision, calling it ‘fearful’ rather than brave and that there were other options available.

I interviewed a breast surgeon who performs bilateral preventative mastectomy with immediate reconstruction to hear more on this controversial area: Continue reading “Preventative Bilateral Mastectomy with Immediate Reconstruction”

My first Esoteric Breast Massage: Unveiling the Hidden Harm of Pornography

by Anonymous

This morning I had a profound experience. I had my first Esoteric Breast Massage (EBM) with a Universal Medicine practitioner, Mary-Louise Myers. I came away from this session feeling so delicate, like a snail without its shell. I felt a renewed openness and a sudden urge to share my truth and love. I felt vulnerable, like I had lost my shield, and yet it was gorgeous. Continue reading “My first Esoteric Breast Massage: Unveiling the Hidden Harm of Pornography”

Learning to Love Myself Through My Breasts – Trusting I Knew What to do When Breastfeeding

by Luz Helena Hincapie, 35 years, BA Architect, Colombia, South America

What was I REALLY feeling about Breastfeeding? 

After all that I had been through with breastfeeding so far (See my previous blog: Learning to Love Myself Through My Breasts – My Experience with Breastfeeding), I realized I felt negative and burdened, but I could not deny I also loved it as I was learning so much from the process. In my mind I stubbornly decided not to stop until the baby was 1 year old at least: no matter what, I was determined not to complain that much and keep it all to myself. I saw everything as black or white, with no other possibilities in between. I had a pesky feeling all along, like a sense of failure because I thought breastfeeding and motherhood didn’t seem to come as natural to me as to other women. Continue reading “Learning to Love Myself Through My Breasts – Trusting I Knew What to do When Breastfeeding”

My Dream Job as a Bra Advisor – Reflections on Working in the Service Industry

by Shevon Simon, UK 

Small changes in the workplace and no more tears at the toilet!

I stopped working long hours, which left me feeling exhausted. I began to notice when my body would feel that it had come to a place of ‘enough’ work and slowly, slowly I chose to listen to this and stop working, rather than push through. This left me with more space in the evenings to be with myself rather than driving myself with work. As a result I felt more vital on the following day and consequently, more productive in lesser hours – a ‘win win’ situation for myself, my organisation, my clients and my colleagues! Continue reading “My Dream Job as a Bra Advisor – Reflections on Working in the Service Industry”

Opening up (A Can of Glorious Worms) – Returning to the Truly Tender Woman Within

by Bryony, London UK

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that until very recently I thought ‘nurturing’ was a synonym for narcissism, gentleness was for wimps, and sharing was self-indulgent.

I attended an Esoteric Womens Group and just didn’t get it: ‘What’s with all this love in the room and talk of tenderness? Surely they must be faking it?!’ I rejected the people who were there – most of them just like me – because I thought that talking about yourself was either for people with enormous problems, or for people who had no problems, but wanted some anyway. It didn’t fit in with my ideas of working hard and getting on with it. Continue reading “Opening up (A Can of Glorious Worms) – Returning to the Truly Tender Woman Within”

Men, Periods and the Our Cycles Period App

by Lee Green, Business Owner, Perth

Until recently there has been a game played the world over that men and periods are two very separate things. Until recently I subscribed to the same belief – men and periods did not exist. Periods were a women’s subject.

In my life as a man I had always seen one long pathway that never had a stop sign on it. I was always trudging through life with no vitality, no love of me or the life I was living. Along the way I found things to use and numb me from this drudgery, but for all the immediate relief there was still the heaviness rooting me almost to the spot.

WOMEN AND PERIODS… WHERE IS THE REST FOR MEN? Continue reading “Men, Periods and the Our Cycles Period App”

Learning to Love Myself Through My Breasts – My Experience with Breastfeeding

by Luz Helena Hincapie, 35 years, BA Architect, Colombia, South America

During the process of rediscovering and learning to love myself and understand more about me through my breasts, something which I didn’t plan at a very conscious level occurred and it beautifully, but challengingly disrupted the process altogether…

I fell pregnant. Continue reading “Learning to Love Myself Through My Breasts – My Experience with Breastfeeding”