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Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting Paperback – May 1 1998

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (May 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786883146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786883141
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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In the rush, rush, rush of too-much-to-do-and-no-time-to-do-it, the all-important, nurturing aspects of parenthood can easily disappear. Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Myla Kabat-Zinn have collaborated on Everyday Blessings, a book that approaches parenting from the Zen Buddhist position of moment-to-moment awareness. It's a beautiful presentation and a thoughtful approach to mindful meditation that will help you slow down, enrich your life as a parent, and nourish the internal life of your children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The pages of this book invite us to discover a way of parenting in the present moment that helps us see our children for who they are and ourselves with greater awareness. Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn show us a wise path that leads to deep connection, empathy, and love both for our children and ourselves. Their book is a treasure, especially for these fast-paced, accelerating times when many of us seek more balance and wholeness in our lives and relationships."―Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids.

"The Kabat-Zinns' book is a gift and a blessing, filled with wise counsel for stepping wholeheartedly into the parenting journey. I urge parents to take refuge in this beautiful book, and to be inspired to embrace each day as an opportunity for learning, growing, and loving more deeply."―Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected

"Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn are pioneers in cultivating the inner clarity that creates the parental presence our children of any age need to become securely attached. Their personal and professional insights in this accessible, story-filled classic volume enable us to become the kind of parent we want to be-open, attuned, flexible, and compassionate to our children and to ourselves. This revised and updated edition of the original source for 'mindful parenting' gives us new guidance to create the life of love our children deserve. Soak in their words of wisdom and everyone will benefit!"―Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

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Format: Paperback
As the parents of three children and experts on stress reduction, childbirth, and eco-issues (to name a few), this lovely couple has the ability and experience it takes to beautifully author this gentle book. Attached parents everywhere will deeply appreciate the support and encouragement for sharing a family bed, nursing toddlers, and lovingly respecting and responding to children's needs.
Every time I open this book I find refreshing insight that helps me maintain my gentle mothering focus and remember that my days of early parenting are indeed swiftly passing by. Thank you, Myla and Jon, for this permanent record of loving, attuned parenting that I pray my own child will someday joyfully follow.
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The Kabat-Zinns bring a fresh perspective to parenting, one that allows you and your children to be who you are, without preconceptions or restrictive expectations. It applies basic Zen precepts to child-rearing, such as living fully in the moment and acceptance. The Kabat-Zinns emphasize the need to respect the child's "sovereignty" (their word) which might be loosely translated as power or independence. I personally had a little difficulty with this concept as it seems to imply letting the little buggers get away with all sorts of infractions and deemphasizes the need to foster their consideration of others and behavioral limits. Overall, the authors can be vague and one wishes for a concrete directive for dealing with, for example, temper tantrums engendered by requests to eat broccoli. But the true test of a book on parenting is whether one can practice it and achieve results. In the brief time since I read it, I have noticed that I am more patient with, more attentive to, and more respectful of my 5 year old. Now, if I can just get him to eat his broccoli
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Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn's mindful parenting book, Everyday Blessings, is so filled with love, hope, and peacefulness, that it stands out like a light above the sea of all the mechanical how-to-deal-with-your-kids books and cynical "kids versus parents" theories.
Like many parents, I spend a lot of time trying to do the "right" things as a parent, the things that will help my children grow to be whole adults. Also, like many parents, I would like to parent differently than my parents did. Where, then, does one turn for guidance?
Some "experts" say that children are born to "get as much as they can from their parents," that it's all a big game with winners and losers along the way. The parent-child relationship feels, to me, to be something more, something sacred and beautiful and worthy of my full attention and commitment. When I found Everyday Blessings I rejoiced.
This book mirrors and beautifully expands on my innermost beliefs about parenting. I read some passages through tears, out of relief that yes, there is another way; other times the tears came as I absorbed the beauty of the Kabat-Zinns' words and the love reflected in their interactions with their children. And of course, there were lots and lots of smiles.
I highly recommend this book as an antidote for all the mechanistic or cynical parenting books that are currently available.
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When I read it for the first time several years ago, it revealed incredible insights to me, as a potential parent. However, after recently becoming a parent-in-fact, I am mindfully unearthing the bookshelves to find this hidden treasure again. With a beginners mind, I approach this work with my little "zen master". Already 14months old, he is teaching me the wisdom of what I have missed: "Laughter" and the life lesson of "bye bye". Having a second copy will be a welcomed addition to our journey.
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Everyday Blessings is so moving, so inspiring, and to read it provides such essential healing, for parents and, as a result, hopefully for children.

It speaks about things I think most new parents intuitively feel when they become a parent, and yet...society has parenting so backwards at times.

Basically the premise of the book is to inspire parents to live their life mindfully (to practice mindfulness, which is the practice of living moment-to-moment), and in doing so, brings awareness to their life, that perhaps the parent was living on "autopilot" until beginning their practice of mindfulness. What's the problem with living on "autopilot"? Well...so many things. But, if I may tackle this question, with-in the realm of parenting after just finishing reading this book: if a parent lives on autopilot, they usually repeat old habits and patterns from their parents, and for a large part, from society "norms" of the time.

Living on autopilot means missing out on life and your children's lives. And perhaps, without meaning to, being cold and distant to your children, which seems like nothing, but it really is something, as, if you look into your own memories of childhood I'm sure you'd find a child who perhaps felt misunderstood, or lonely, or...________ (fill in blank).

Perhaps to live with a bit more awareness we can truly see our children, with-out our own expectations forced on them; perhaps with a bit more awareness we can truly see what our children really need (usually lots of love and attention), with-out just thinking of ourselves and putting our own needs first; perhaps with a bit more awareness we can ride the wild ride of parenting, knowing when to change to suit the needs of each individual child.
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