Enlightenment Through Motherhood
If you're a mother and have ever been on a spiritual path or had an interest in personal growth and development, if you've ever meditated or practised yoga, if you're pregnant or are caring for a newborn and are wondering how this new role of mothering will tie in with your consciousness-raising ambitions, then this book is for you! More
Spirituality and enlightenment just got a makeover: Enlightenment Through Motherhood reveals that motherhood itself is a spiritual path - possibly the most direct and unrelenting path there is, and that the meaning of 'enlightenment' has been misunderstood.
For centuries spirituality has been hijacked by men, in particular men who are the furthest removed from family life such as priests, gurus and monks. And women who have been 'allowed' to participate seriously in spiritual practice, especially if they have wanted to join an institution, in many cases have had to give up family life, and in some cases even desert their children.
Part of the problem is that spirituality is seen as a pursuit separate from everyday life, especially from family life, and it has been elevated to a place considered superior to life at 'ground level'.
This book turns all that around, brings it all back down to earth, to reveal that those who traditionally have been relegated to the bottom of the rung of the ladder of higher consciousness, and excluded from spiritual organisations - mothers, are in fact on the most direct path to real enlightenment.
Enlightenment Through Motherhood may be the next step for feminism and equality - a new kind of feminism that marries motherhood with spirituality, but a re-defined spirituality, and validates women who choose motherhood, elevating their status to a level deserved by this universally undervalued role, which, when you consider it, is strange for a role so fundamental to the very continuation of our species.
The author, Voice Dialogue facilitator and teacher, writer on consciousness, relationships and parenting, and mother of three, presents these illuminating ideas in a series of funny anecdotes about her attempt at a last-minute holiday before the arrival of her third child. It is on that holiday, with husband and two young children in tow, where she discovers that the tasks mothers do on a daily basis as part of their role, and the skills they develop in doing them, are exactly the same as the practices and abilities promoted in many spiritual traditions for the attainment of higher states of consciousness.
Astra Niedra uses her experiences with her own children, including of being pregnant and giving birth, to support her case, along with philosophical argument and insight gained from over 25 years study and experience in Philosophy and the consciousness movement.
This story will inspire, entertain and lift your spirits, all the while grounding you in the unshakeable truth that there is far more to being a mother and raising children than conventional wisdom would have us believe.
"This book is just what the world needs now as our planet continues to move towards political and ecological disaster while the patriarchal systems that still dominate our thinking continue to devalue everything traditionally – and biologically – female.
"In a most perfect balance of yin and yang, of logic and feeling, of humor and gravity, Astra Niedra reclaims for all human beings – not just women – a precious element of that which is truly sacred in life. Her simple, spellbinding stories, her keen intellect, and her unfailing humor make this book a pleasure to read.
"Here is a new way of thinking of spirituality, of valuing our humanity while living a spirit-infused life, and a fascinating (and novel) path to enlightenment! It’s a consciousness changer and I loved it." Dr Sidra Stone