By Cathryn Monro
By Cathryn Monro
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Spilt Milk Yoga is a companion guide for mothers who want to experience the happiness, peace, and purpose available in each moment, and who want to be more present and connected to themselves and their children.
Author Cathryn Monro combines personal experience, honesty, and humour to acknowledge the moments when motherhood stretches us to the edges of our tolerance, patience, anger, and exhaustion and asks; “Will motherhood ruin my life?” “What happened to my body and my career?” “How do I achieve anything?” “Am I doing it right?” “Whose anger is this?” “Is an ordinary life good enough?”
Spilt Milk Yoga approaches motherhood as a path offering life’s richest and most profound lessons on love, acceptance and joy. Through guided self-inquiry the challenges become opportunities to grow, not in spite of motherhood, but because of it.
"Reading this book, I felt I was with a warm, honest, and down-to-earth friend, sharing her insight and humor into what she aptly calls 'the volcanically active landscape' of family life. Cathryn Monro invites us to look deeply into our own experience and cultivate the qualities we most need as mothers to live our love—inner strength, flexibility, balance, and most importantly, greater self-awareness."
—Myla Kabat-Zinn co-author of Everyday Blessings:The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
"Cathryn Monro's passion for parenting and self-inquiry is woven into this practical and provocative tool for all mothers. Using recognizable, embarrassing and often hilarious examples Spilt Milk Yoga allows us to reveal our own truths, making us more open and ready to grow at the kitchen sink and beyond."
—Kate McIntyre Clere, Director YOGAWOMAN
"I am a working mother of three, and Cathryn's inspirational book resonates with me on many levels. She achieves a universal message through the particular stories she tells. The ingenious workbook form provides a practical and clear pathway to deal with the issues mothers face yet Cathryn's main concern is spirit and how we can light the way for ourselves and our kids."
—Miranda Harcout, Order of New Zealand Merit, Actor
" . . . Extremely thoughtful and meaningful and would be a great benefit to caring mothers. Well put together and easy to follow. This is a book in the making that could make a real difference to its intended audience."
—Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Unpublished Manuscript Awards 2014
"A wise and insightful guide to embracing the transformative journey of motherhood as one of life's most profound gifts. Spilt Milk Yoga is the warm companion we need at our sides, connecting us to our own humanity as we navigate the constantly shifting terrain of tears, laughter, and learning. I wish someone had given this book to me when I was a new mom!"
—Shelley Davidow, author of Raising Stress-Proof Kids
"As a mother of a 12- and 15-year-old, Cathryn Monro approaches motherhood from the point of view of self-inquiry. She studies her inner world sometimes harshly and sometimes with self-soothing. She discusses her conflicting beliefs about mothering. She questions whether a woman’s experience of motherhood fuels self-realization and human potential from the point of view of Yoga concepts of spirituality.
Monro beautifully shares her personal experience of childbirth that both shocked and thrilled her, feeling not only her baby was born but a new sense of herself as well. The transition to motherhood is described poetically with various visual images to reach the reader as a spiritual path and journey.
Monro seems to be searching for the meaning of motherhood while inviting her readers to do the same. For readers who enjoy understanding life’s transitions from a spiritual angle and are interested in a self-investigation into their mothering experiences, this book is a must."
—Laurie Hollman, PhD, Psychoanalyst and author of Unlocking Parental Intelligence