Enlightenment Through Motherhood
"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...Astra Niedra reclaims for all human beings a precious element of that which is truly sacred in life." More
If you've ever been on a spiritual path or had an interest in personal growth, if you've ever meditated or practised yoga, if you're pregnant or caring for a newborn and are wondering how your new mothering role will tie in with your consciousness-expanding ambitions, then this book is for you.
Join heavily pregnant personal growth writer Astra Niedra on her attempt at a last-minute, pre-childbirth holiday in the tropical paradise of Australia's Far North, with her husband and two young daughters in tow.
As she builds sandcastles on the beach with her kids like a labouring sandstone Buddha and contemplates the dangers hidden in rainforest gorges while waddling after her daughters, she discovers what motherhood has in common with the world's great spiritual traditions.
Since time immemorial we've believed that when women became mothers they were taking time out from real work and serious personal growth, let alone spiritual development. But we've had it all wrong.
There's no need to run away and desert your family to join an ashram or church in order to connect to spirit.
Astra reveals that the skills and abilities that mothers are required to use each day as part of their job and the practices prescribed for enlightenment seekers, such as mindfulness, service, chanting and meditation, are the same.
She argues that the meaning of 'enlightenment' has been misunderstood (and misrepresented in our patriarchal traditions) and that real enlightenment is something far more accessible, to many more of us, than has previously been thought.
This book will inspire you, entertain you 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.
"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
"Enlightenment indeed! I hope many women have the opportunity to read Astra's book. Being pregnant, birthing and mothering are the most important jobs on earth. Honouring these roles is important for governments and society to appreciate and elevate to a much higher status. Astra's journey is familiar, delightfully written and inspiring." Susan Ross, author of Birth Right
"Thanks for the great read. As a mum of a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl, and 71/2 months pregnant with the third, it's just what I needed." Kasia
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