If you're on a spiritual path or interested in personal growth, if you meditate or practise yoga, if you're pregnant or caring for a newborn and are wondering how your new mothering role will tie in with your consciousness-expanding ambitions, then this book is for you.
Join heavily pregnant personal growth writer Astra Niedra on her attempt at a last-minute, pre-childbirth holiday in the temporal paradise of Australia's Far North, with her husband and two young daughters in tow.
While building sandcastles with her kids like a labouring sandstone Buddha and facing dangers in rainforest gorges and crocodile-infested waters, she discovers what motherhood has in common with the world's great spiritual traditions.
Since time immemorial we've believed that when women become mothers they take time out from real work and serious personal development, let alone spiritual development. But we've had it all wrong.
There's no need to desert your family and join an ashram to connect to spirit.
Astra reveals that the skills and abilities mothers are required to use each day as part of their job and the practices prescribed for enlightenment seekers, such as mindfulness, service, chanting and meditation, are the same.
She argues that the meaning of 'enlightenment' has been misunderstood (and misrepresented in our patriarchal traditions) and that real enlightenment is something far more accessible than has previously been thought.
This book will inspire you, entertain you and lift your spirits, all the while grounding you in the unshakeable truth that there is far more to being a mother and raising children than conventional wisdom would have us believe.
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