A few years ago a book changed my life. Simple Abundance. I wrote about it here. A few weeks ago another book came into my life in much the same way and I am embracing and reading it with passion.
The Complete Buddhism for Mothers. It is 3 books in one volume - Buddhism for Mothers, Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children and Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren. It kind of follows me around the house...yes...it is one of 'those' books! I hadn't heard of it before, read a recommendation or a review...but I was destined to pick it up, buy it, start reading, start practicing and begin some shifting and changing. I am living more patiently, more aware, more mindful...and I am only part way in.
This book is for every mother and you don't need to follow or even understand Buddhism to practice the advice and embrace the authors own journey. I love it. In as many as a few weeks I feel more in tune with me, more aware of my children, and less angry.
I am uncomfortable to admit it, but I think that most of my anger and frustration as a parent comes from when my children interrupt my thoughts or interrupt my the simplest tasks. By being more aware and living in that moment I am able to tune out of my thoughts (and I am learning to minimise the thoughts also) and into them. I am able to carry on a task without the mindful chatter and take notice of them and their needs. I am enjoying my children more and feel like I am slowly becoming happier to be around too.
I didn't purposely seek this book out, but I have been searching for something and I think this might be it. Are you searching for something to guide you as a parent?
Thanks for visiting,
P.S I haven't been asked to review this book. These are my own words and I just wanted to share as this book as it is making a positive difference to my life.