Buddhism for Mothers By Sarah Napthali
This book found me as I was browsing through the library with a 3 year old and a 6 month old.
The timing could not have been better – oh wait, maybe 3 years earlier would have been better! The words in this book were just the medicine I needed at the time.
It is sensible, insightful advice about making the most of now and how to care for yourself. But the way Sarah Napthali writes is so captivating and understanding.
A sit down with this book feels like a warm hug – seriously.
I used to pull it out whenever I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and sure enough, before I reached the end of a page, I was feeling better.
It’s the only parenting book I have ever raved about and told all of my friends with new babies.
I would here, thanks so much for putting me onto that book – Now I know it’s going to be OK! ;o)
And so I feel compelled to share it with you… And then you might share this love also…?
Here is a review I have taken from publisherweekly.com
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. (Oct.)