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Buddhism for Mothers [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Napthali
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Become a calmer and happier mother with Buddhism for Mothers.

'This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother.' Vicki Mackenzie, author of the bestselling Why Buddhism

Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. This book is different. It is a book for mothers.

Buddhism for Mothers explores the potential to be with your children in the all-important present moment; to gain the most joy out of being with them. How can this be done calmly and with a minimum of anger, worry and negative thinking? How can mothers negotiate the changed conditions of their relationships with partners, family and even with friends?

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.

Even if exploring Buddhism at this busy stage of your life is not where you thought you'd be, it's well worthwhile reading this book. It can make a difference.

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""This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother."


"Emotional support of the finest kind: funny, uplifting, reassuring, real and wise. A truly 'mothering' book for mothers ... and their children will benefit hugely." (Stephanie Dowrick)

"This is an excellent, practical guide to everyday Buddhism not just for mothers, but for everyone who has ever had a mother." (Vicki Mackenzie)

"This empathetic book is written by a practicing Buddhist mother for other mothers who face daily assaults on their desire to be calm and centered. Napthali explains early on that she’s a mother, not a spiritual leader, and that she lives her Buddhism each day, and it is this practical, caring persona that narrator Rebecca Macauley brings to life. With her youthful-sounding Australian voice, Macauley enlivens the many anecdotes Napthali includes—stories of mothers trying to be mindful of their parenting mission in a world that offers constant distractions and frustrations, and tales that show how mothers who strive to be extraordinarily nurturing often fail to care for themselves. Macauley’s contemplative voice nicely expresses Napthali’s many soothing insights into the gifts that Buddhism offers mothers." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1741140102
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q7D37K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Can't recommend it enough 1 Oct. 2004
By A Customer
Why isn't this book more widely known about? I stumbled on it in a bookshop and it is by far one the best books on motherhood I have read and even one of the best self-help books I've read. The chapter on anger alone is worth the purchase price. Every new mother and mother of young children should have a copy. It has helped me on a daily basis, especially when I've felt frustrated or isolated and both my under-twos have been crying at once. By the way, it's not a silly New-Agey spiritual book, but very practical and very informative. I'm not at all religious and am not a Buddhist, but since reading it I have become very interested in Buddhism. So, on top of all that, it's probably a great introduction to Buddhism too. Also, the author deserves praise for her honesty about her own tribulations sometimes as a mother. Thank you Sarah Napthali.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
This is the best book I have read on general parenting and I would highly recommend this book to every mother and/or father.
The author uses humour, intelligence and empathy in communicating the daily challenges of being a parent. The book also covers relationships in general and those with close family members and friends.
Good parenting is not something that comes easily all the time and the author acknowledges this and offers ways to approach daily life that help both parent and child. Although the book discusses Buddhists ideologies it should not put off someone of another faith as it is really about seeing and dealing with your children in a kind and respectful manner whilst also giving you the tools to manage life in a less stressful way.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great advice 15 Nov. 2008
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this book is a must for every parent! Even if you have no interest in buddhism, its advice is straightforward and honest. There are so many baby and toddler books on the market and most of them change as new research comes to the fold. You cannot change this book because it is based on pure truth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of half a dozen books I would not be without 6 Nov. 2008
This book is full of honesty, wisdom and modesty. It goes to the heart of the matter with warmth and helps you find the tools in yourself to be the best parent possible. A book to return to time and time again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 8 Jun. 2010
By b
Having spent the first few years looking for a book that tells me how children work, I have now found a book that understands how I work and shows me how I can manage myself as a parent and as a person. The best book on life I have read. You will not regret buying this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Krasa30
This book should be recommended to every mum on the NHS before they even leave the delivery ward! Once you master the art of changing nappies, sleepless nights and weaning and your baby slowly turns into a toddler- true parenting with all its challenges begins. This book addresses the many different emotions that a parent/mum of a young child will go through- anger, guilt, resentment, frustration, isolation, inadequacy. Not at all the Hollywood-inspired daily idyll of motherhood that we have become accustomed to hearing about. It is shocking to me, how few people are prepared to admit how difficult and fraught motherhood can be, and for that alone I thank the author who has shared with her readers her own struggles and challenges. The book also includes funny stories from other mums to help us feel that we are not alone out there and to remind us to laugh every now and then.

Too many books concentrate on what we can give our children, and too few actually deal with the psychological and emotional demands this places on (quite often)- us women. Few people are able to be frank with others about the negative impact that motherhood has on our relationships with our partners, friends and even other family members! Being a mum demands an almost unbelievable amount of self sacrifice - physical, emotional, material and this opens the door for potentially experiencing life as a mum in a negative way. Sarah Napthali's book helps the reader deal with that.

This book has helped me hugely and I would go so far as to say, that it has plucked me out of my depression.
This is a self-help text of tremendous value to every mum and is not a book that teaches you to meditate or preaches Buddhist theories. It is intended for real women who may be complete beginners to Buddhism and who understand the importance of being more happy and healthy for the sake of their families, but need a little bit of encouragement to get there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 22 Oct. 2011
By ejk
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This is a lovely book - easy to read, practical, realistic, and it contains so many humorous anecdotes likely to make any mother go 'yes!'. it's full of useful tips and techniques for everyone, whether buddhist or not, but it also shows how the spiritual path is part of everyday life rather than being separate from it. It's also helpful as sometimes a mother can feel isolated and that she is suffering alone. This book shows, with humour, how universal the trials and tribulations of motherhood are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes sense 11 July 2011
A good book for mums, it is a book for mums and not just about the children. It talks about the inside rage mums feel sometimes given they have very little time for themselves and can feel overwhelmed sometimes with toddle tantrums, lack of sleep etc. It also talks of the buddhism principles and how one can apply them to achieve calm at such times. It all makes sense and one can relate to the situations explained, its thought provoking but would take time to implement the fixes recommended. Overall, an very good and food for thought.
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Totally life changing! This book has helped me to be calmer and kinder to everyone around me, and I feel so much happier.
Published 2 months ago by miss m cumberland
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Published 7 months ago by Analysis
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Published 7 months ago by enna-eiram
5.0 out of 5 stars Am a better mother, wife and happier person for reading this.
Brilliant book, every mother should read it! Looking forward to starting it all over again. Will recommend to every mother I know.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Lucie Todhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening read
I'm not usually into self-help manuals, but this has been an excellent find. It provides an interesting introduction to buddhism and I found it to be reassuringly non-judgemental. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brightonian
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Realistic goals to achieve, advice and down to earth writer. Thoroughly enjoyed this book & am already more aware of my actions and how to cope with difficulties.
Published 18 months ago by Karen browning
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
I have really loved this book. It has really helped day-today with my son and has also helped me realize that the rollercoaster of emotions bringing up a child is normal! Read more
Published 20 months ago by C Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I'm only about halfway through this book but it's already had such a positive impact on my state of mind and my parenting. The book recognises the challenges (and pleasures! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
To be honest this is just one of many books onBuddhism I am currently reading. What I have read so far makes great sense.
Published 22 months ago by Ann Cull
5.0 out of 5 stars A mothering book that's actually worth the money
This is a wonderful book - calming to read during the first few years, packed full of information and a real help - even if you do not call yourself a buddhist or know very much... Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. Sylger Jones
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