Why having kids is spiritually enlightening… (G&T anyone?)

I am on the path to spiritual enlightenment.

It turns out this does not involve gin or vodka, as I’d first thought (hoped).

No.  It’s a book.  Called The Power of NowWhich after several recommendations, I am finally reading.  Because it has changed millions of people’s lives.  Including Oprah’s.  Now there’s an endorsement if ever you needed one.

And it’s not before time, it would seem.  I’ve had it for three months and only managed two chapters.  I guess I didn’t need to buy a book to tell me I do not have the power of now.

It’s early days but so far, to summarise rather crudely, I have learned that I am striving to achieve no thoughts.  Yup, you heard me.  NO THOUGHTS.  Because thoughts are the devil and together with the mind, they are ruling us.  Corrupting us.  Possessing us.

Need a G&T yet?

Apparently when a thought enters my mind, I am to observe it.  That is all.  I am not to judge it or act upon it.

I am already a little confused.  If the thought to make a cheese and pickle sandwich pops into my mind, is this a corrupt thought that I should simply watch.  Or does it just mean that I am hungry?

Scanning through the contents page I see that I have the following to look forward to.  Give up the relationship with yourself.  Dreamless sleep.  Conscious death.  When disaster strikes.

And it suddenly occurs to me that I have already achieved all of these.

Through the simple, only slightly more painful act of having children.

It doesn’t end there.  I will also be learning The art of listening and How to connect with the inner body.

The listening chapter will be bedtime reading for Beaver.  Obviously.  As for connecting with my inner body, I am intrigued.  Eckhart Tolle says nothing about how to do this with a two year old hanging off your leg.

So my question is this.  Do I continue my plight for enlightenment and carry on reading?  Or do I put it on the bookshelf with Are you the one for me, How did I get here? and all the other self-help books I’ve never bought.  To be dusted off for another time.  When I have time.

Perhaps in say, 18 years, when the prospect of spiritual enlightenment conjures up more than desperation for a G&T.  When peace is an attainable goal.

And instead pick up that trashy Jackie Collins novel.

I think I may have just answered my own question.



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    9 thoughts on “Why having kids is spiritually enlightening… (G&T anyone?)

    1. Stephs Two Girls

      Hahahahaha love it. Glad it’s not just me who can’t make head nor tail of these books…. or find the time to read them in the first place. Besides, why would you want to, when you’ve got kids to amuse yourself with?! Over from #PoCoLo

    2. Siobhan from Everyone Else is Normal

      V funny. Sounds like an entry Bridget Jones would make…sounds like its a v bad book on Mindfulness, which I have to say, is actually a fantastic, much needed for every modern mother, practice (started to get my head round that last autumn and it was v unhead-bending, quite the opposite). BUT my kids are at school now, so no longer hanging off my calves. So ditch this book. Ain’t helpful. (If you do want to find out about Mindfulness, check out Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman). One day I’ll get around to blogging about it….Popping over from PoCoLo x

    3. suzanne3childrenandit

      Ok this is hilarious BUT some of those concepts you mention sound interesting…..are you finding it interesting or are you constantly reaching over for your iphone as a source of light relief (or your G & T!)? If it’s hard going, ditch it!

      1. Amy RansomAmy Ransom Post author

        Well I think they would be if I could follow the train of thought and read more than 3 pages a sitting! I need something ‘now-like’ in my life though so perhaps I’ll persevere. Whilst drinking a G&T.

    4. oana79

      Must be what I call mummy brain, I have it too and little madam is 4! I can;t go through more than 3-4 pages of “deep” reading, I am sticking to light novels for the foreseeable future 🙂 #PoCoLo


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