Infertility Hygiene - Let's Practice It Together
Good Hygiene, What's In Your Practice?
I pride myself on good hygiene.
I brush my teeth every morning and evening and often after lunch. I floss.
I wash my hair. I take showers regularly. I try to sleep enough.
I wear clean clothes, which means thinking ahead so that they don’t get left out for the cat to make herself at home on.
I don’t really spend a lot of time thinking about these things. They are part of my routine. I definitely don’t take time to debate these things; whether I should or should not do them. Whether I need or do not need to do them. I just do them. Part of life.
What about good mental hygiene? What about the tapes that run through my head that are less than supportive or helpful?
In Fertile Yoga last night, during guided meditation, towards the end, I talked about taking a shower.
Letting light flow down from above, coming over the crown of our heads, and streaming down into the earth. A spiritual shower. That cleanses us. Releases thoughts that are stale, tired, and just plain old and outdated. Washes away thoughts about infertility that harm us from within.
That we are damaged. That we are less than. That there is something wrong with us. Or that we are not fully men and women because we are not conceiving.
That we are broken.
Most of us practice good hygiene, most of the time. We clean ourselves, without it being a big production, just as part of our normal routine.
How about adding this spiritual cleaning? Closing our eyes, seeing ourselves, standing under this spiritual shower, letting light flow into and over and carrying down into the earth these thoughts that are so burdensome and heavy.
Let’s put them down. With lots of help. With time in routine. With practice. Just as we brush our teeth, let’s cleanse our emotional and spiritual selves as well.
Repeat after me.
I am beautiful.
I am graceful.
I am healthy and capable.
I am whole and complete.
Try that three times a day for two weeks.
Let’s see how we all feel afterwards.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.