Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace

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Denise Roy combines the hard-won wisdom of a parent with the insights of meditation to create a spiritual practice that goes to the heart of everyday life: mothering with mindfulness. Through anecdotes, reflections, and specific practices, this book invites mothers to wake up and embrace their lives, discovering that they are always standing on holy ground.

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Overview

Denise Roy combines the hard-won wisdom of a parent with the insights of meditation to create a spiritual practice that goes to the heart of everyday life: mothering with mindfulness. Through anecdotes, reflections, and specific practices, this book invites mothers to wake up and embrace their lives, discovering that they are always standing on holy ground.

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Publishers Weekly
Roy combines her experience as a marriage and family therapist, a spiritual director, and a mother of five in this delightful book of meditations, a sequel to My Monastery Is a Minivan. Roy defines momfulness as "the spiritual practice of cultivating a mindful, compassionate, mothering presence," and outlines six spiritual lessons: developing true presence, practicing embodiment, paying attention, cultivating deep compassion, recognizing the sacred in all things and understanding the value of community. Each meditation begins with a quote, from the likes of Anne Lamott and Annie Dillard to Thich Nhat Hanh and Teresa of Avila; each includes a reflective piece-an essay, observation, or story-and each ends with a suggested practice. Roy's anecdotes are fresh and her storytelling colorful and imaginative. Some of her talent is lost, however, in the banal activities at the end of each meditation. For example, her entertaining tale of cooking lobsters with large rubber bands on their claws fizzles when readers get to the related activity suggestion of sharing family memories. She writes best when she draws from her vast reservoir of stories and refrains from preaching. Roy's varied experiences as a psychotherapist, a spiritual director, a foster mother and a biological mother ground her spirituality in an engaging book for moms of all faiths. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Roy, a retreat leader and the author of My Monastery Is a Minivan, has written a charming book of insights and suggested practices for mothers at all stages of mothering. Her outlook is unabashedly spiritual--she looks for moments of grace and meditation in a mother's life--but her sound counsel helps parents to cultivate patience, resilience, flexibility, and gratitude in dealing with children. Many mothers (and fathers, too) should find her book both entertaining and uplifting. For most collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787981976
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,463,424
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Roy is the author of the award-winning My Monastery Is a Minivan and is in private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist. Visit her Web site at www.DeniseRoy.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Momfulness.

Developing a Practice.

Presence.

Breathing Meditation.

I See Me in Your Eyes.

Rolling Hippo Meditation.

How a Mom Prays.

The Alone Hat.

Porch Swing.

Attention.

Plan B.

Autopilot.

The River.

Mouth Yoga.

The Ideal vs. the Real.

Clearing Clutter.

Compassion.

Late-for-School Practice.

Pier Pressure.

Walking the Night Hallways.

When Someone Deeply Listens to You.

No Good Very Bad Day.

Mobilize the Mothering Instinct.

Embodiment.

Hugging Meditation.

Body Blessings.

Seven Nights in a Row.

Generations of Bodies.

Saved by Wonder.

Close to Things.

The Sacred in All Things.

Where Does the Wind Come From?

Lobster Tale.

Framing the Day.

Nurturing Family Spirit.

Grace.

Family Circle.

Community.

Sacred Circles.

Our Many Mothers.

The Holy Family Commutes.

Are All the Children In?

The Mother Is Standing.

What Do Trees Have to Do with Peace?

A Final Word.

Suggested Readings.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

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