Dear ESME Sisters,
When did you first become aware of your womb? Were you a premenarchal 13-year-old stopped cold in your tracks by the deepest abdominal cramps while marching into the girls’ locker room before PE? Or was it a bit earlier, perhaps during “puberty ed” in the fifth grade when you had your first thoughts about what it would be like to grow a baby of your own? Or perhaps it wasn’t until much later, when you were considering an assortment of birth-control options and experienced the challenging insertion of an intrauterine device, or IUD?
Although you were aware you had a womb, it’s likely you weren’t consciously connected to its inherent powers until you were somehow inspired by its awesomeness. Perhaps you became intrigued by the blood mysteries of the Wiccan tradition in your teen years, attended a dear friend’s home birth, or sensed your heightened intuition and mystical-like dreams during your flow.
This pear-shaped organ, comprising three layers of most extraordinary muscles, weighs an average of 60 to 80 grams with a length of about three-and-a-half inches and width of two-and-a-half inches. Our first home, kind of a “muscle mansion,” effortlessly expands per its resident’s requirements. The uterus is so very accommodating even to the most “rough-housiest” of inhabitants until they’ve stayed (and sometimes overstayed) their welcome, and the time comes to move them onward and outward.
During the throes of labor, this powerful palace is able to exert about 400 pounds of pressure per square foot as it pushes out its newly prepared person and placenta. This muscular organ has the most incredible capacity for sustaining prolonged intense activity without fatigue for up to several days! The endurance of the womb is truly incomparable!
Respect, reverence, and awe ought to be bestowed upon the womb without hesitation. A regular practice of appreciation for this magnificent organ can significantly support your preconception process. You can develop a deeper conscious connection with your uterus daily by preparing and consuming teas that tone the tissues, practicing energizing qigong exercises, listening to guided visualizations, coloring in second chakra mandala drawings, or in any other way that might personally call you. Find moments to honor this part of your body that has the profound power to build and bring forth other beautiful bodies. May your attention be joyously wombward!