Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace.
By Denise Roy.
Denise Roy combines the hard-won wisdom of a parent with the insights of meditation to create a spiritual practice that goes to the heart of everyday life: mothering with mindfulness. Roy coined the term “ momfulness” as a way of describing how motherhood, when practiced with mindfulness and compassion and a willingness to let it awaken our hearts and transform our lives, is a spiritual path. Roy’ s new book offers a way for readers to recognize that time with one’ s children and family is not a distraction from sacred practice, but the very essence of it. She outlines identifies six deep lessons that parenting, along with many of the world's spiritual disciplines, teaches us: developing true presence, practicing embodiment, paying attention, cultivating deep compassion, recognizing the sacred in all things, and the value of community. These themes serve as entry points for an enriching discovery of ways women can reduce stress and promote peace and balance within and without by cultivating a mindful, compassionate, mothering presence with themselves, with their children, with the world. Through anecdotes, reflections, and specific practices, this book invites mothers to wake up and embrace their lives, discovering that they are always standing on holy ground.