faith, miscarriage, motherhood, Writing Elsewhere

Be Safe

April 7, 2014
Be Safe Guest post

Be safe. Be safe. Be safe.

These words have become my main prayer for the child growing steadily inside me. It’s what I wish to it in prenatal yoga class when our instructor gives us a moment to send the baby a message. It’s what I pray with every twinge, every uncomfortable stretch of ligaments as it begins to demand ever more space within me.

Last month I went on retreat to the north of England for four days. In the walled garden was a labyrinth, formed from raised turf and grass, its path winding slowly towards the centre. No way to get lost. Only space to perhaps find something – a thought or prayer – that was lost.

I stood at the entrance to the labyrinth for a good five minutes before I took my first step in. Then I walked slowly, reminding myself to breath, self-conscious in case one of the other residents should wander into the garden at that moment. I walked to the middle, encouraging my mind to be still when it started to dart off in a hundred directions, pulling my thoughts back with the help of my one word – dwell, dwell, dwell. Dwell here in this moment…


I’m happy to be guest posting over at the lovely Karen’s blog The River Into Words today. She and I “met” through Leigh’s monthly link ups when I noticed she was both an expat and based in Europe (whoop!) and started internet stalking her. And then realised we’re both connected to Serve the City – small world! Her instagram feed regularly makes me consider moving to Ireland. Click over there to read the rest of my post

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