This window of witnessing what it is like to t kw the concept of time or gravity, to t experience fear or doubt, to kw freedom of expressing yourself just as you are, that is the gift of parenthood. It is the gift of witnessing the delight in being alive. -Excerpt from The Year of the Rose. Written in real time during the first year of motherhood, this book abounds with reminders: of the fleeting nature of this time, of staying mindful of frustrations as well as the joys of motherhood, and of starting over. Going from how to stay open to a baby's cries when you have done everything you kw, to loving yourself unconditionally and letting go of expectations of being a perfect parent, this book will speak to your heart - if you are a new parent. It will also make you cherish the moments of connection with your baby and make you want to be more present in life.
Subha Srinivasan is a writer and engineer and has been practicing mindfulness since 2005. She has attended retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh, Michele Mcdonald, Rebecca Bradshaw, Doreen Schweizer, Sally Kempton and other teachers and is particularly drawn to the practice of loving-kindness. She finds that motherhood has opened up her practice to be freer, gentler, more loving and forgiving everyday. She enjoys writing about her insights and challenges of staying present, on her blog found at http: //shub50.wordpress.com. She lives in the upper valley of New England with her family.