Motherhood: The Messiest Path to Enlightenment
Did you know that you don’t have to leave your family and join an ashram to become enlightened? That you don’t have to meditate or chant or give service to a guru? You don’t even have to try to be mindful or stay in the present.
All you need to do is become a mother.
Enlightenment Through Motherhood reveals how 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 spiritual traditions for the attainment of enlightenment.
Mother of three Astra Niedra shares these revelations in her bliss-provoking story of her attempt at a holiday while eight months pregnant with her third child – and with husband and two young daughters in tow.
In a series of anecdotes about exploring pristine beaches and lush rainforest gorges (ie, keeping children from drowning and being eaten by crocodiles), enjoying luxurious accommodation (while kids fight and watch singing and dancing men dressed in primary colours on TV) and world-class restaurants serving the freshest and most nutritious produce (but only fish and chips for children), Astra discovers the similarities between motherhood and the world’s great spiritual traditions.
This book takes you on a journey of discovery every mother will relate to. A journey that will ignite in you the realisation that motherhood may be the most direct and relentless path to higher states of consciousness.
So 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 your new role will tie in with your consciousness-raising ambitions, then this book is for you!
You’ll be inspired, you’ll be entertained, and your spirits will be lifted, 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.
Reviews of 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, 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.”
Sidra Stone PhD, author of Embracing Our Selves, Partnering, Embracing Your Inner Critic, and The Shadow King
“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, midwife, birth educator and author of Birth Right
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