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Dark Sacred Night

posted Jul 11, 2013, 3:27 PM by Leilani Nguyen   [ updated Jul 21, 2013, 8:50 PM ]
My essay on Viet Mother Roasting Birthways has just been published.  (My story had previously been featured in an article about A&PI postpartum traditions by Hyphen magazine.)

My husband commented that he appreciated how my story of the postpartum time has changed from me feeling it was a dark time to it being something meaningful.  I agreed, commenting how Birthing From Within has been an instrumental piece in my being more compassionate to myself and reframing the stories I tell myself.  On reflection though, I think both are true.  My postpartum was a dark time and it was meaningful.  I needed to follow The Heroine's Journey into the Ordeal/Underworld to and make my Return to the World.   My postpartum needed to be dark and earthy, to be immersed in soulitude, to plunge into my estranged feminine and wounded masculine psyche, under the influence of the dark moon.  As I stand on the other side, I am no longer afraid of the dark.  I have embraced it.  Like the magnificent oak tree, my arms reach into the life-giving light of the sun and my roots stretch deep into the nourishing bosom of mother earth.  Bright Blessed Day, Dark Sacred Night.