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Michael MendizzaMy first impression of Parenting for Peace was like King Joseph’s comment to Mozart, 'too many notes,' to which the young man replies, 'which ones shall I omit?'
The core principles that Marcy Axness elaborates—Presence, Awareness, Rhythm, Example, Nurturance, Trust and Simplicity—are superb. Like a tuning fork, each resonates as a particular ‘state’ in the adult and it is this state that the child attunes herself to.
Axness has collected tons of insights, from many fields, all designed to crack open and release the false hopes and false fears most of us have about ourselves. If there is a 'cosmic egg,' it is our self-world view, our social-cultural identity and the labyrinth of habits of body and mind that reincarnate these shell-like qualities, moment by moment, year after year, generation after generation. There are moments when Presence, Awareness, Example, Nurturance, Trust and Simplicity express something more, infinitely greater and outrageously more sensitive and intelligent than the 'eggs' we pretend to be.
The key is sparing our children the need for that heavy, self-centered, defensive-reflexive, knee-jerk armor in the first place, which can unfold by not needing it in their primary relationships--that is, with adults, their parents. Adult development ALWAYS precedes child development and this new treasure nudges all of us along the way.
Too many notes? Not one.