Buddhism for Mothers with Lingering Questions: Taking Stock of what Really Matters
Allen & Unwin, 2007 - 256 pages
For all mothers who loved the simplicity, clarity and warmth of the bestselling Buddhism for Mothers, comes the book which answers the next lot of questions. Now the mother of a toddler and a primary school-aged child, Sarah Napthali writes of the next stage of the parenting journey.
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3 Who am I?
4 Who are my children?
5 Is this all?
6 What does this moment require?
7 What can I do about all the housework?
8 Can I change my ways?
9 How do I handle my negativity?
the teaching on emptiness
stopovers on the way to peace
10 How can I be my best?
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Page 76 - You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
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Page 3 - Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no longer is. The future has not yet come. Looking deeply at life as it is in the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom. We must be diligent today.
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