Blessingway Activities for Your Baby
Looking for something better than a baby shower to celebrate your baby to be? How about a blessingway activities? Today we will focus here briefly blessingway activities for your baby.
Amazing how what is old becomes new again. Today, many mothers are beginning to rethink the traditional baby shower in lieu of something called the Blessingway. In a traditional baby shower, moms to be are showered with gifts and well wishes for the baby to come.
However, there is little emphasis put on the mom – in what is one of the most transformational and meaningful times in her life. As a woman transitions into being a mother, ancient civilizations believe that she should be supported emotionally and spiritually on her journey. The Blessingway does just that.
A Blessingway is derived from a Navajo tradition. In Native American culture, women are honored as they pass through many phases in life, not just pregnancy. The idea is to have a gathering of people that the mother chooses.
These other women should have a meaningful existence in her life and she should choose participants based on her inner most feelings about the people. In other words, having someone attend just to save face is not necessary with a blessingway.
Every blessing way is different. Many moms will have all the participants bring a bead with which the mother will make a necklace with. Each bead represents a prayer or well wish from the person who brought it.
The mom to be can wear this necklace to derive positive energy in times of need and during labor. Additionally, as the gatherers pray together, they vow to conduct a prayer vigil when labor onsets. Lighting candles, saying chants, singing songs and other spiritual celebrations are customary during a Blessingway.
Often the mom to be will have a belly cast done or participate in some belly painting (using natural paints) during her blessingway. Navajo Indians would wash the mother’s feet and brush her hair during the blessingway rituals as well. Acts like these are supposed to be empowering toward the mother to be.
Essentially, a blessingway is a mother-centered sort of baby shower. Instead of bestowing gifts of monetary value for the baby, participants work to launch all of their positive energy and love into the mother to be. If gifts are involved in the Blessingway, partygoers should try to find gifts that are meaningful to the mom to be.
The most important part for the mom to be is to choose the guest list carefully. This is a time to celebrate you and your baby and you only want influences that are positive and full of love during a blessingway.
Since there aren’t any rules about how to conduct a Blessingway, you can decide exactly what you want to do. Some women have opted to have the women at the gathering create a painting for the nursery together. The bead idea is symbolic and easy as well.
While traditional baby showers are nice – choosing to have a Blessingway instead, can be an influential and positive way to celebrate this journey in life. Based on ancient traditions – it can help to reduce anxiety in the mother to be and remind her just how much support and love that she has around her.