Sunday, August 4, 2013

Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy & Life as a Doula

“All forms of birth—physical, intellectual, spiritual or emotional—bring one to the depths. The power to give birth originates in the creative life spirit birthing all, the seen and the unseen.” ~Amy Wright Glenn

Birth, Breath & Death is a beautiful and touching book, filled with inspiring quotes from various faith traditions. Glenn’s reflections on motherhood, breastfeeding and world peace are so needed at this time. She brings back into focus the necessity of both self-reflection and acceptance of others.

This is a quick afternoon read, but one that you will look back on with reverence. There is much food for thought in this slim book. I only wish it were longer; I was sad to see it end.

“To be lov
ingly present through the primal, naked pain that marks aspects of birth, and to be lovingly present through the difficult, heart-wrenching ending that marks aspects of death is to learn about life and love. Fear may be strong but love is stronger. Learning how to love includes learning how to make room for and transform fear. Learning how to live involves learning how to die. Love alone is the most potent power illuminating the breath’s journey in between these thresholds. Love is the key. Love is the dance. “~Amy Wright Glenn, Birth, Breath, & Death: Meditations onMotherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

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