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Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children [NOOK Book]

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Become a calmer and happier mother with Buddhism for Mothers.

'This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother.' Vicki Mackenzie, author of the bestselling Why Buddhism

Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman ...
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Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children

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Overview

Become a calmer and happier mother with Buddhism for Mothers.

'This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother.' Vicki Mackenzie, author of the bestselling Why Buddhism

Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. This book is different. It is a book for mothers.

Buddhism for Mothers explores the potential to be with your children in the all-important present moment; to gain the most joy out of being with them. How can this be done calmly and with a minimum of anger, worry and negative thinking? How can mothers negotiate the changed conditions of their relationships with partners, family and even with friends?

Using Buddhist practices, Sarah Napthali offers ways of coping with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood. Ways that also allow space for the deeper reflections about who we are and what makes us happy. By acknowledging the sorrows as well as the joys of mothering Buddhism for Mothers can help you shift your perspective so that your mind actually helps you through your day rather than dragging you down. This is Buddhism at its most accessible, applied to the daily realities of ordinary parents.

Even if exploring Buddhism at this busy stage of your life is not where you thought you'd be, it's well worthwhile reading this book. It can make a difference.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
What do motherhood and the concept of self-reliance have in common with Buddhist philosophy? In a familiar, conversational style, Napthali, a mother and a Buddhist writer, thoughtfully explores this question, teaming Buddhist teachings (e.g., to be truthful, compassionate, and tolerant) with the ordinary experiences of mothers. She aims to convey the message that developing inner resources will help women nurture themselves so that they may parent wisely and well. With simple instructions for meditative practice and a one-minute breath meditation, the author guides busy women in the art of transforming their lives in the midst of chaos. She asks good spiritual questions, too-the real strength of the book-e.g., How am I interpreting a given situation? Am I upset due to unsolved family issues? One criticism is a lack of illustrations. Ultimately, what readers learn is that treating our children as though they are respected parts of ourselves hastens compassion toward others in our inner circle, rewarding us with less isolation and loneliness in our daily lives. For all public libraries in a category bridging self-help and comparative religion.-Lisa Liquori, M.L.S., Syracuse, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother."  —Vicki Mackenzie, author, Why Buddhism

"The author guides busy women in the art of transforming their lives in the midst of chaos."  —Library Journal

"An eminently practical book that gives frazzled mothers usable advice and empathy . . . 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."  —Publishers Weekly on Buddhism for Mothers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742690421
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 181,795
  • File size: 627 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah Napthali is a mother of two young boys who tries to apply Buddhist teachings in her daily life. Her working life has ranged from teaching English as a Second Language and corporate training, to human rights activism and interpreting. Since becoming a mother she has focussed on writing, initially for companies and later for individuals wanting to record their memoirs. With seven memoirs completed, she is the author of Buddhism for Mothers (Allen + Unwin, 2003) which has sold 40,000 copies around the world and been translated into four languages to date, and Buddhism for Mothers with Lingering Questions (Allen + Unwin, 2007). Since the children started school, Sarah is very pleased to report that she manages to meditate daily.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface ix
Chapter 1 Buddhism and motherhood 1
Chapter 2 Parenting mindfully 17
Chapter 3 Finding calm 41
Chapter 4 Dealing with anger 59
Chapter 5 Worrying about our children 79
Chapter 6 Creating loving relationships 99
Chapter 7 Living with partners 123
Chapter 8 Finding happiness and losing our self-image 145
Chapter 9 Meditating 165
Chapter 10 Putting it into practice 185
Appendix 1 The noble eightfold path 202
Appendix 2 Helpful books 206
Appendix 3 Helpful websites 210
Appendix 4 From the scriptures 212
Appendix 5 Buddhism for mothers of newborns 215
Bibliography 219
Index 222
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  • Posted March 9, 2014

    Great book for parents

    There are at least two kinds of parenting books: books that focus on how to make a child conform to your will and those that focus on how you as a parent can better work with your child. This book is the latter. You do not have to be Buddhist to find the information in this book valuable. The author describes many ways that you can use meditation and Buddhist ideas about the world to be a more attentive and helpful parent. Ms. Napthali spends a lot of time talking about how you can help yourself to be calmer, less angry, more thoughtful about what you do and say, all things that help you to be a better parent. The author has a realistic view of how hectic it can be to have young children and she gives you ideas about how to incorporate meditation and Buddhist principles into a life short on time to yourself. This is a book I think I will come back to again and again.
    If you are interested in Buddhism this book is a good introduction and has many helpful resources.
    This is a great book that would be helpful to mothers and fathers alike.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Good For Caretakers of Children As Well...

    I originally purchased this book for myself when I was caring for a friend's three children. I was taking care of them from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM five days a week, and some weekend nights. She has a nine year-old daughter and four year-old twin boys, and one afternoon had been, for me at least, a very bad day. I had completely lost control of my temper and forgot the cardinal rule of childcare: it's not a power struggle, and it's not personal. I went to B&N for some peace and quiet and to calm down before I returned home. I decided to look in the Family & Childcare section to see if there was anything that could help me center myself while trying to handle two very energetic twin boys. I found this book, sat down, and began to read. I realized that it was exactly what I needed. I gave copies to most of my friends who are mothers, and they have all found it helpful, especially at the end of a day filled with: "You're mean!" "I hate you!" "Go away!". I think any long-term caretaker should have a copy of this book to help handle day-to-day stress as well as critical situations that pop up every so often. A definite thumbs up and a good baby shower gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    Great Read For Mamas

    This really puts the stresses of motherhood into perspective so you can understand your mindframe. Great read, try to take a little time to read it. I have come to understand myself so much more after reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2007

    For Moms, Dads, Family and Friends

    This book is fantastic. My son is 9 months old and so I have not had much time to just sit and read a book cover to cover for quite some time. For months now I have had this book on my night stand. I just pick it up (usually when feeling a bit stressed, open to any page and start to read. There is always something I find helpful, useful or calming. It is a book not just for moms. Dads would really benefit from this book as would family and friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2004

    Worth the read...

    This book is not only for mothers but for parents in general. I found this book helpful in dealing with my 2 year old & 4 year old. I also found it helpful in dealing with stressful situations at work. All of my 'mom' friends have read this & I'm beginning to pass it on to my 'Non mom friends'!

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    Posted November 30, 2009

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