It’s been over a year now that we emptied our nest (well, except for the dog).
But having no kids in the house doesn’t mean the house is emptied of youthful characteristics, like curiosity and delight and whimsy. They are part of who we are now, regardless of the age or location of our kids.
During the month of October, I’m sharing 31 excerpts from 31 of my favorite books. Today’s excerpt is from a deeply spiritual book on all stages of mothering, from infancy to empty nest. It’s served me well for years. Subscribe here to receive each day’s excerpt in your inbox.
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Excerpt from Mothering as a Spiritual Journey
Personal, bodily separation from our children does not mean that we become separate from those so-precious qualities of childness that have blessed and enriched our awareness.
This is where spiritual understanding can deliver the most substantial of goods to us. What we loved so dearly in and as our little children were qualities, not small bodies and immature minds.
The qualities of playfulness, spontaneity, innocence, purity, and wonder are as true of Being today as when our children were little.
They are as much in evidence now as then, because qualities are always in the eye of the beholder.
We do not need to lose the eye (I) of quality because the material picture changes.
– Ann Tremaine Linthorst
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Each daily excerpt is also linked on Facebook.
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