By Sarah Napthali
From the writer of the acclaimed Buddhism for moms, a consultant to gaining knowledge of the path to significant, non secular, and gratifying motherhood A blend of non-public narrative and tales accumulated from moms, this consultant exhibits how non secular and aware parenting will help all mothers—Buddhists and non-Buddhists—be extra open, attentive, and content material. By guiding mothers on a non secular direction, this evocation also helps them domesticate knowledge, open-heartedness, and a greater figuring out of themselves and their young ones. The Buddhist teachings and ideas help answer questions that every one moms face, in particular people with young ones: who're my young ones? Who am I? How am i able to do my top via my young ones and myself? What to do approximately all that housekeeping? and Is this all? Written in a clear and interesting type, this hot and easy meditation enables parenting with expertise, function, and love.
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Margot, a mother of two, speaks of how her children sometimes help her to rise above the turmoil she experiences at work: Occasionally I have a dreadful day at work—I come home and can’t seem to shake off the stress. All I want to do is drink wine and eat chocolate in front of the telly, but no, I have to prepare the dinner, help prepare a hat for the school parade, and answer questions about the early settlers. where am I? 17 Halfway through preparing dinner I look out the window to see my four-year-old wearing only a jumper and gumboots and riding his scooter.
The word dukkha also covers the imperfection, the unsatisfactoriness, of all phenomena— which is caused by the transitory, impermanent nature of all things. Children make the First Noble Truth inescapable: struggles and difficulties are as much a part of life as pleasures and triumphs. They teach us that our lives and those of our children will not turn out the way we planned, and if we do not surrender to this truth then where am I? 19 we will never know inner peace. We explore the next three truths in the chapters to follow but for now we can understand them as having the structure of a medical diagnosis: the Buddha outlined first our symptoms (dukkha), then the cause (desire), next the prognosis (dukkha can end) and finally the prescription (the Eightfold Path).
We are likely to have had limited success with punishing ourselves, feeling guilty or thinking our way out of them. The Buddha advises us to observe our thoughts with non-judgemental awareness. When our minds finally perceive their tendency to add clinging or aversion to every experience, to almost all that we perceive, and how troublesome this can be, the natural response is to stop, and try to see things as they are. If we could realise, on a deep level, that pandering to our cravings is not the way to achieve happiness, we would let go of our clinging and aversion.
Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children: Becoming a Mindful Parent by Sarah Napthali