Wowzers!! They say that time flies... and did it ever! When a plate is full and more is being added, sometimes things spill off the plate. This was one of the things that spilled. But now I am here playing catch up and sharing a few of the books that have inspired and guided me in my motherhood journey. I hope you find a few that will inspire you, too!
For my Summer 2019 book pick, it is "Becoming" by Michelle Obama. Putting all political views aside (especially comments regarding the state of our Canadian politics), I found this book to be a very easy read and full of deep accounts of what it takes for someone to "become".
Becoming is really the journey and being present and aware of the direction your life is taking you. We become many things in life... a wife/ partner, a mother, a certain profession, etc... however, do we enjoy the actual process of becoming or are we fixated in the end point?
Now for my Fall 2019 pick. This book addresses a common issue that many postpartum moms have... either immediately after birthing their babies or many, many years after the kids have all grown up. We're talking incontinence... peeing and pooping troubles. A topic we would rather sweep under the rug and just don the panty liners. What if I said that we have the ability to heal, retrain, strengthen and keep full function of our pelvic floors throughout our entire lives... no matter how many babies you birthed?
"Womens Waterworks" written by Dr. Pauline Chiarelli has been a staple in my prenatal yoga classes to show that incontinence is not a certainty; it is NOT a battle wound of motherhood, nor it is something to laugh and shrug our shoulders at.
I found this book to be well written, cheeky (that's important), easy to read and easy to implement the exercises and suggestions. There is more knowledge and practical advise in here than what your OB/midwife has time to teach you. Read this book, do the work and save your pelvic floor!! You will thank me (and Dr. Pauline Chiarelli) now and in many years from now!
And now on to Winter 2019 (and I am now caught up!)!! I am going more into my passion of Yoga Psychology with this pick. And this book is not for the faint of heart... this book is a plethora of deep insight of how yoga, chakras and our minds work together. They are interconnected. Western psychology and the ancient teachings of yoga really have eery similarities. This book shines that light on this.
"Eastern Body Western Mind" by Anodea Judith is a great read for students and professionals of Psychology, as well as yoga instructors and serious yoga practitioners. It brings together two different worlds of thought... western and eastern... and shows that they really do compliment and support each other. I think in our modern world, we do need to start bringing in ancient wisdom and practices to heal, to restore, to thrive.
With that, I leave you with this message... Thank you for taking your time to read what I have to say and to share. Wishing you and your loved ones a very blessed holiday season and much happiness, love, laughter and success that extends well into 2020!