Mindfulness for Mothers – Rebecca Ryan
Well… What a little gem of a book this was!
There was once a time in my life not so long ago when I was on a bit of a search for answers. What am I doing here? What is the meaning of life? It led me to take up meditation. I went to classes, read books on mindfulness and ‘being in the moment’. I even attended not one, but TWO, ten day silent meditation courses in the Blue Mountains. I was in the meditation zone, so to speak… However, as it so often does, life got in the way. I became a mother, and the ten day silent solitude is but a memory, some wonderful memory from a time in my life where I could go and pee without someone dragging along at my heels. Where I could duck to the shops for groceries without dragging along a nappy bag, a toy truck and a 15kg screaming toddler… Meditation for me now mostly feels like a memory.
Mindfulness for mothers reminded me that we can find stillness in simple moments. Brief moments are all I have during the day now it seems!
I enjoyed that the book wasn’t too hippy or airy-fairy. Ryan made some excellent observations and quoted some scientific studies and facts without sounding like some doped up hippy love child. And I really appreciated that.
I love that the meditation exercises are EASY and absolutely realistic! I especially love the one about being still with your SLEEPING baby!
Coming from another mother, I found I could relate easily to almost everything she was discussing. She gets the time restrictions and STRESS that having a small baby can bring. But this makes it all the more important to take some time out of our heads!
I thought this book was fantastic. It has a place next to my bed to remind me to take time out and be still. And I will be sure to have it handy if I have another baby!
Would I recommend Mindfulness For Mothers?
Yes for any Mum with a small child! Or a big child for that matter! I am sure that many of the exercises will be beneficial for just about anyone! And the cover! GORGEOUS!
A Great mothers day present idea!
Many thanks to the author Rebecca Ryan and PanMacmillan Australia for a copy of this beautiful book in exchange for my honest review.
(5 / 5)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rebecca Ryan is a yoga and meditation teacher specialising in pre- and post-natal yoga. She enjoys sharing her passion for meditation with other mothers, whether long-term meditators or newbies, and encourages her students to allow mindfulness to seep into their daily lives.
Rebecca lives in Melbourne with her husband, two children and her dog, Sammy.