Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace

Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace

by Denise Roy
     
 

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The Down-to-Earth Spiritual Handbook for Busy Moms

"Momfulness is a blessing and a prayer—the way to wholeness is in these pages."
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Denise Roy celebrates the abundant rewards of mothering with mindfulness. A must-read for all

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The Down-to-Earth Spiritual Handbook for Busy Moms

"Momfulness is a blessing and a prayer—the way to wholeness is in these pages."
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Denise Roy celebrates the abundant rewards of mothering with mindfulness. A must-read for all parents!"
—Patt Saso, author, Parenting Your Teens with T.L.C.

"All moms could use the soothing words Denise Roy so generously shares in Momfulness. Grab a cup of tea, put up your feet, and dive right in!"
—Mimi Doe, author, Busy but Balanced and founder of SpiritualParenting.com

"Momfulness is a wonderful guide for conscious mothering in an all-too-busy world. I love this book!"
—Michele Borba, Ed.D., author, 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know and Parents Do Make a Difference

"Momfulness helps us discover that what we do as mothers really does matter—from the way we hold our children to the way we change the world. I love the stories and practices in this beautiful book!"
—Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., author, Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family, and creator of MojoMom.com

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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.
Library Journal

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118040959
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/03/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
693,471
File size:
0 MB

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