- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin (September 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741140102
- ISBN-13: 978-1741140101
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 115 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children Paperback – September 1, 2003
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Buddhist practitioner Napthali has written an eminently practical book that gives frazzled mothers usable advice and empathy. At a time in their lives when women must balance the pulls of instinct, hormonally charged emotion and familial and social expectations, it is both possible and highly beneficial to practice Buddhism. While Buddhism has a long history of monastic practice and application, its modern expansion into the West has emphasized its relevance to householders. Parenting books are a logical application, though still relatively few in number (e.g. Jacqueline Kramer's Buddha Mom: The Path of Mindful Mothering). In a highly selective culling of teachings, Napthali wisely focuses on maternal mind states and how Buddhism can give a mother insight and literal breathing space before she responds to any parenting situation. The essential Buddhist teaching that all things are impermanent is highly relevant when responding to, for example, a toddler throwing a tantrum in public. The book is perhaps less deep than those written by longtime teachers, as so many Buddhist books are. But precisely because she is not a teacher and is in the midst of mothering, Napthali offers the approachable and authentic perspective of a rank-and-file practitioner who lives the techniques and situations she writes about. This book will be most useful for mothers of young children, providing them spiritual resources at a life stage when women need all the help they can get.
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"The author guides busy women in the art of transforming their lives in the midst of chaos." -- Library Journal
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you don't have to be a Buddhist to understand it, you don't need to think so much about it. it's just makes so much sense, I want to buy it to all my friends who have kids! I'm only starting the book and I'm already aware and mindful :) of course it needs a bit of practice but it feels so good already I feel more patient, less upset when they misbehave and that makes me handle situations a bit calmer. Unrealistic?? I don't think so. I have faith that anyone who tries will succeed.
The author talks so well about being here, in the now and enjoying our kids, who they are... think about it, those kids that I adore will someday grow up to become a reflection of how our relationship is now. Am I being here for them? Am I giving them enough awareness and attention for them to blossom into the persons them want to be?
All our actions and words now are shaping and creating the future... what kind of future do we want?
All of the chapters revolve around a question, such as 'Who am I?', 'Where am I going?', 'What does this moment require?' and even 'What can I do about all the housework?' The most meaningful chapter to me personally was 'Who are my children?', which addresses the ideas and projections we often impose on our children, out of concern or denial.
I personally liked this book more than the prior, because it also covers the themes of mindfulness well, but branches out into more psychological issues associated with motherhood and ties them back to Buddhism. I think any parent can benefit from this book.