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The last morning of our baby-moon when I was 35 weeks pregnant, I got up early and waddled myself down to an empty beach.

As I sat, I noticed a perfect looking sea shell next to me.  I started doing my morning meditation and opened my eyes just in time to see a rush of water coming toward me.  I gathered up my belongings and moved back a few feet and as I settled, I noticed an identical looking shell in the same position beside me.
I picked it up and turned it over to find a gorgeous blue swirl design and the word “Release” immediately came to mind.
I walked back to where the water had rushed toward me a few moments ago and found the shell I had noticed earlier.  I turned this one over to find it gleaming white like the white “Surrender” flag I just thrown up to Mother Nature as I moved out of her way.

Release and Surrender.

Since the beginning of my pregnancy, I had a very specific, holistic plan for how I want my baby to enter the world.  I found myself constantly grappling with the reality that I don’t have any control over the situation.  I fully understood that Baby Rubin, Mother Nature, my body and the Universe had it’s own plan and when the time came, I would need to release, surrender and accept that my job was done.

You can eat the healthiest diet possible. Exercise and strengthen your muscles in preparation for labor and birth.  You can meditate and create a serene internal environment for your growing baby.

But when the times comes, know that you must:
Release control.
Surrender your body to the higher powers that be.

I added the two shells I found on the beach that day onto the birthing necklace my tribe made me at my Blessing-way as a reminder to myself during labor.

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May you find your own release and surrender within your pregnancy journey.

Love & Leafy Greens,

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