The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood

The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood

by Anne Cushman


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A heartfelt memoir of motherhood as a spiritual practice by a longtime yoga and dharma teacher.

Sutra is the Sanskrit name for a short spiritual teaching, and it comes from the same root as the English word suture, or stitch. This story of motherhood as a path to awakening is, says yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman, “an homage to the long threads that run through all human lives, stitching up what’s shredded in our hearts.”
The Mama Sutra spans an eighteen-year journey through motherhood as a spiritual practice, chronicling Cushman’s first pregnancy, her daughter's tragic stillbirth, the joyful birth of her son, the “home retreat” of early motherhood, the challenges of parenthood, the diagnosis and gifts of her son’s developmental differences, the meltdown of her nuclear family and its reconfiguration into a new and joyful form, and more. This is a powerful story of the rawness and beauty of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611804638
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 851,391
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anne Cushman is a longtime yoga and meditation teacher whose writing has been published in the New York Times, O Magazine, Lion’s Roar, and more. She teaches at Spirit Rock, Kripalu, and other venues worldwide. A former editor of Yoga Journal and Tricycle, she is the author of several books, including Moving into Meditation and the novel Enlightenment for Idiots.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Introduction 1

Sutra 1 Letter to a Daughter Who Didn't Live to Be Born 7

Sutra 2 Into the Heart of Sorrow 27

Sutra 3 Buddha's Birthday 44

Sutra 4 Notes from a Three-Month Baby Retreat 58

Sutra 5 Butterfly Kiss for the Buddha 78

Sutra 6 The Terrible Twos (Or, More Yuv and Happiness) 83

Sutra 7 Beyond the Beyond 99

Sutra 8 On the Spectrum 105

Sutra 9 The Big Questions 125

Sutra 10 Astronomy Lessons 130

Sutra 11 A Passage Back to India 135

Sutra 12 Adventures in Dharma Dating 142

Sutra 13 The Best-Laid Plans 158

Sutra 14 The Terrain in Spain 165

Sutra 15 The Tempest: A Meditation Retreat 173

Sutra 16 Singing My Mother to Sleep 190

Sutra 17 Finding My Daughter 210

Epilogue 222

Acknowledgments 224

Credits 225

About the Author 226

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