So, ,The following is part of a series of posts detailing the information in my free download: 26 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Birth.
Do you have a favorite song?
I know.... loaded question, huh?
Can you name just one favorite?
I can't... there are way too many. But I can name songs that were important during certain times of my life.
We Built This City is the first song I remember absolutely loving. I must have been about 9 years old and I can still see myself on the airplane, having just discovered the world of pop music on the free airplane radio. I couldn't wait to hear that song over and over as it cycled through over the course of our four-hour plane ride. There are many other songs that pop into my head and are connected to memories throughout my life.
Walk like an Egyptian is my seventh grade best friend.
True Blue is dancing around my living room, punked-out with a high pony-tail and lace gloves.
The Joker and Steve Miller Band is the first concert I ever went to.
Crash is my college apartment.
Pachelbels Cannon in D is walking down the aisle.
Your My Home is my husband.
Daughters is my first pregnancy.
Praise You in This Storm is nursing my second baby.
Whenever I hear one of these songs the words come pouring out of me. I don't even need to think about it, they just come. I crank up the volume, and rock out while doing the dishes, running errands, or working out.
Songs can have a powerful connection to the moment. They can transport us back in time and they can anchor us in the present. The next time a song you love comes on, stop what you're doing. Bring all your attention and awareness to the moment and sing your heart out! Allow time to stand still for the length of the song. Set down your anxieties, your worries, your fears, and your present stresses. (Don't worry, they'll be there for you to pick up when the song is over!) Be in the moment and ROCK OUT!!
Singing lullabies to children has a long, rich tradition throughout history. (I can still hear my grandmother singing Jesus Loves Me when she would babysit and tuck me in at night.) For centuries parents have sung to children to soothe, to put to sleep, to comfort, and to connect. You may even recall some traditional lullabies you like to sing to your baby. They don't have to be traditional either. Any song, can be a lullaby, it need only come from your heart. In fact, my husband used to sing Ramble On by Led Zeppelin to our daughters! Here's a list of some modern lullabies to sing, as well as some old favorites.
Whether you fancy yourself singer, or you're like me, and can barely carry a tune, you will find wonderful connection to your baby and feel your heart opening up a bit more when you sing. So, make some time today... and SING!!
In the comments, let us know: What are your favorite songs to rock out to? Do you have a favorite lullaby you like to sing?