Karen Maezen Miller (Shambhala, 2007). An incredibly easy read written by a mother, wife, and Zen teacher. The author is surprisingly candid and open about her learning experiences, her growth, as well as her shortcomings as a mother and human. This humorous book teaches a great lesson in self-awareness, self-acceptance and non-judgement. Karen M. Miller demystifies and makes Zen accessible, by offering day-to-day examples and urging us to bring our attention back to the here and now. "Your infant screams it, your toddler throws it, your preschooler demands. Each is a call for attention now, now, now." A great reminder for new moms in our digital world of constant online connectivity and multitasking.
The Mindful Mother: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Enjoying Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond with MindfulnessNaomi Chunilal (Watkins, 2015). Although I read a lot about pregnancy and labor, I didn't spend as much time on the subject of being a newborn's mom - partially because Baby arrived a couple of weeks before his due date, partially because I was already overwhelmed with the amount of info on the birthing process alone. This book would've been a great complement to my daily pre-natal yoga & meditation routine. It is an easy read, and often focuses on breathing, which was and still is crucial to remaining sane through it all. "So much depends on where you chose to put your attention. Use your breath to guide you to a deeper source of stillness and peace at your core, even as your feelings run loose around this."
Addendum (06/01/2015): I read this one (in one sitting) as per my sister-in-law's recommendation and loved it! So in line with what I believe in.
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
These titles complement each other well and challenge us to see ourselves as students and our children as teachers, as well as the more traditional other way around. I will absolutely revisit each periodically, since their lessons can be applied to every new chapter of motherhood. As with most things in life, take away what resonates with you, apply it, and see what happens, am I right?
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