The Mindful Mother

The Mindful Mother

by Naomi Chunilal


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The first of its kind, this book will show mothers-to-be how to create an authentic practice of mindfulness to prepare for pregnancy, labour, birth and the early parenting years.

Full of gems and aha moments using simple and helpful tools and practices to keep you connected to yourself while looking after your family' Nadia Narain, Head of Pregnancy Yoga, Triyoga, London 'This is a book I highly recommend to mothers and mothers-to-be. It is like an insightful friend who understands deeply what becoming and being a mother really means' Janet Balaskas, Founder of Active Birth Chunilal offers unparalleled support along with clear and simple meditation and self-development practices based on Buddhist and yogic philosophy to help cultivate a daily practice of mindfulness, which will enable you to be more present during pregnancy, birth and beyond. Having a child has the potential to awaken your heart and bring infinite joy, wonder and delight into your life. Yet when you become a mother, alongside immense delight and excitement, you may also feel a great deal of internal turmoil and confusion, as well as a change or lack of sense of identity. Organised into clear, thematic sections, this book can be dipped into for emergency inspiration or read from cover to cover. It explores common mothering dilemmas with honesty and integrity, helping you to keep both feet firmly on the ground. Issues include: adjusting to having minimal personal time and space, coping with in-laws, managing the balance between work and home, finding stimulation within an often tedious home routine, and dissolving doubts and comparisons with other seemingly happy families. Most of all, The Mindful Mother teaches you to understand your true nature, so your mind is working with you, rather than against you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780288741
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,199,218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Naomi Chunilal is a fully qualified professional yoga and meditation teacher and complementary therapist, with over twenty years of practice experience. As well as being the mother of two children, she teaches a wide range of classes and workshops, touching the lives of many hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers. She has appeared on BBC news, Sky news, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC World Service, ITV news and CNN news to discuss her previous role as a parliamentary campaigner for a major UK children’s charity and as a promoter of children’s universal human rights. Her other publications include: Reintegration: A Practical Guide for Schools (The Children’s Society, 2000), Examining School Exclusions and The Race Factor (The Runnymede Trust, 1999) and Immigration Act: Support for Children and Families (Children & Society, 1999).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Awakening Motherhood with Mindfulness xi

Stepping into Pregnancy 1

Getting to Know Your Pregnant Self 13

Connecting to Your Unborn Baby 31

Getting Ready for Childbirth 45

Opening Your Spirit to Childbirth 55

Swimming Down the River of Childbirth 65

Arriving Out on the Other Side 79

Growing into Conscious Mothering 87

Opening Up a Mother's Mind 97

Affirmations of Motherhood 107

Coming Home to Your Baby 117

Building Mothering Bridges 131

Maternal Love 141

Starting with You 155

Relationships at Home 167

Ancestral Roots 181

The Rest of the Family 193

Letting in the Outside World 209

A Working or Home Decision 223

A Mothers Life Purpose 235

Life Blessings 243

The Tree of Motherhood 253

Epilogue: Cycles of Change 269

Bibliography 271

Further Reading 272

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