Parenthood tests us in ways that we never anticipated, making it like a spiritual practice for unprecedented growth and change. Today’s guest, author, and meditation teacher Anne Cushman experienced love and loss that deepened her experience of motherhood, teaching her to be fully present for all of it. She tells us that we don’t get to pick and choose what we’re present for. If we want to be present for those precious, joyful moments, we have to take in the difficulties too.
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1. We never know what is going to happen. Loving someone is an inherently risky thing to do.
2. Spiritual practices ask you to test yourself in extreme situations.
3. Don’t make any assumptions about your child.
Anne Cushman is a teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the author of The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood.
You can find her at www.annecushman.com.
With warmth and lovingkindness,
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