Novel by Christina Carson
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Quote from Suffer the Little Children:
"Perhaps what we call misfortune is actually a place where the universe interrupts our habits that keep life so limited and small, forcing us to respond differently. The opportunity it offers depends on how hard we work to close the gap or hold it open, allowing ourselves to glimpse realities we've never glimpsed before."
Novel by Christina Carson
Quote from Dying to Know:
"I knew in that moment, we were never meant to surrender our childlike innocence, to trade a world in which we fit like a glove for one that hung on us like ill-fitting hand-me-downs. However, all about us insisted on our membership. And instead of a handshake or a mystical password as entrance into this spurious society, we agreed instead to share a lie, the one that says we’re safe, secure, and fulfilled living this way."
I’m thinking about Mother’s Day. I’m thinking about the tremendously (adverb intended) challenging experience parenting has become, not because the role has changed, but because it takes more time than most parents can find in the hectic 24 hour revolutions we call our lives. If we needed proof, however, that we must somehow find a new way, Dr. Bernie Siegel, a world renowned medical doctor, offers it in a recent interview I saw. Here is Dr. Siegel’s conclusion from a startling Harvard study relating the occurrence of morbid disease in mid-life to a person’s perception of having been loved as a child or not having been loved.
“Parenting is today’s Number One health issue.”
Before you go one thought further, please know this is not about more guilt or blame on parents. What I took from this is how able we are to stand up against all manner of disease, if we are walking through life feeling loved, most especially by our parents. And as parents, this is something we can do more fully, even in the lives we find ourselves. How, you might be asking? It all revolves around being present – meaning being with your child fully when you are with your child. Give them your full attention. This is also known as being in the moment. Time is a concoction of the egoic mind. But when you move outside the confines of the egoic mind – meaning being fully present - there is no sense of time. So whatever seeming time you spend fully present with another leaves both of you feeling as complete as if you’d spent many meaningful hours with one another. Giving your child your full attention is you loving them.
I write about family in my novels because family functioning properly is THE most important aspect of society, in my view. And without any shame, I’m going to plug my novel Suffer the Little Children
for through it you can follow Anne Mueller coming to understand how to be present and honest with her own daughter who has run away, as well as a neighbor child about to do the same thing, as their solution to a family not working. For Mother’s Day, share a work of possibility and hope mother to daughter and daughter to mother, opening a door to healing your relationship and your heart. This book offers you that in a real and doable way. It’s my life’s work, shared with you. Let the sharing continue.
Happy Mother's Day !