Once you have children, finding time to sit and read a book uninterrupted is so rare that the event takes on the same qualities as a luxury holiday on a remote tropical island. It can get to the point where you don’t even care what you read – a two year old gossip magazine will do provided it’s not stuck together with questionable substances. But gossip magazines, stale or fresh are bad for your well-being. Below are two soul restoring books to keep by your bed on the off chance you do get a moment read.
Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali
This one comes highly recommended – a book you can pick up and browse any time, finding little gems of wisdom at just the right time.
“Using Buddhist practices, Sarah Napthali offers ways of coping with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood. Ways that also allow space for the deeper reflections about who we are and what makes us happy. By acknowledging the sorrows as well as the joys of mothering Buddhism for Mothers can help you shift your perspective so that your mind actually helps you through your day rather than dragging you down. This is Buddhism at its most accessible, applied to the daily realities of ordinary parents.”
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Once described as vitamins for the soul, this is another book that can be dipped in and out of. It is deep and deals with some amazing concepts. Like really rich food, it’s best taken in small portions so as to be fully savoured. It is a book that allows women to consider the female psych in an entirely different way.
“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude, running and staying, being involved and being removed, questing and resting, creating and incubating, being of the world and returning to the soul-place.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
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