What I really know about Buddhist philosophy could be written on the back of a fag packet. I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Southeast Asia, enjoying the temples, prayer flags and burnt orange robes, and done a bit of yoga and reading here and there over the years when times got tough, but that’s it. Having shied away from religion altogether following a very strict Christian upbringing, spirituality has been last on my list of priorities for most of my adult life to date. However, when I went to a recent local forum on anxiety and depression, a psychologist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy had us all do an exercise in mindfulness by taking a painfully long time to examine, unwrap and finally very, very slowly eat a Freddo Frog (of all things!) and once again I felt the urge to find out more about Buddhism. So, I have just started reading Sarah Napthali’s Buddhism For Mothers and I am excited – only two chapters in and everything she is saying resonates with me! Mindfulness is defined as “an awareness of all the present moment contains” and when applied to the life of a mother it has such massive potential for everyone in the family. Not to mention that it has the power to stop me stubbing my toes on an almost daily basis?! Can’t wait to learn more!
Buddhism For Mothers