The Tao of Motherhood, by Vimala McClure
20th Anniversary Edition
Publisher: New World Library
Size: approximately 13 x 18 cm
"I believe that caring for children is spiritual practice.
Many people think that prayer and meditation constitute spirituality,
but when you have a baby, your practice must shift;
everything you do with and for your child can be spiritual practice."
- Vimala McClure
The Tao Te Ching, the classic work of ancient Chinese wisdom, has inspired and guided millions of people over more than a hundred generations. Twenty years ago, Vimala McClure, a mother and teacher of meditation and yoga, was inspired to meditate with each of the concise, profound teachings of the Tao Te Ching and capture its spirit and wisdom in words specifically directed to an audience close to her heart -- mothers.
The result, a new classic based on an old one, has encouraged and uplifted mothers for nearly a generation. Even the busiest of mothers can dip into this gentle, comforting book and find wonderful inspiration and guidance.
(Click here to read an interview with Vimala McClure on The Tao of Motherhood.)
About the Author:
Vimala McClure lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of the classic Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents and founder of the International Association of Infant Massage Instructors. She has been practicing and teaching Tantra yoga since 1971. She has also written A Woman's Guide to Tantra Yoga; The Ethics of Love: Using Yoga's Timeless Wisdom to Heal Yourself, Your Family & the Earth; Fabric Dying for Beginners; and a book for children: Bangladesh: Rivers in a Crowded Land.
As well as being a writer, Vimala is a textile artist. Her quilts have won awards in regional and national shows, have been featured in national magazines, and are exhibited in galleries and private collections.
Vimala has two adult children and three grandchildren.
“A comforting, time-tested companion to motherhood...perfect for brief daily inspiration.” - Midwest Book Review
“Vimala McClure gives us a loving guide. It is a book to pick up, draw a deep breath from, and rely upon for reading some calm and sense into your day.” - Mothering magazine
"A beautiful inspiration for today's busy mothers. I carried this book in my store "Vortex", in the East Village of NYC in the late 80's. It had a big impact on me as I explored spiritual aspects of birth and parenting. Many books have come in and out of my life since then, but I always remembered the gentle words of quiet wisdom Vimala had to share. I recently had the good fortune of meeting Vimala in person, and immediately remembered this beautiful book. I have 2 copies now: one from my old store that I loan out, and a new copy that my mother gave me a few months before I met Vimala. I loan the first copy out to mothers who are caught up in the frenetic pace of today's busy, stressed - out world. It is a quiet place to retreat to. Thank you Vimala!" - Luana Ruben (from Amazon)
"Vimala reminds us of the spirituality in parenting. This beautifully written book has been a comfort to me during the trying times of parenting a young child. Her words are gentle and touch the inner core of who I am trying to be as a good parent. I have found strength when I was at my lowest and yet she reminds me that we are in this world but not of this world. With her guidance I have been able to put aside the demands and comparisons society places on me as a parent and to focus on what truly matters. I have given this book to my friends and I plan on passing it on to others that are looking for a spiritual connection to their children." - Customer Review (from Amazon)
"Inspirational. I read passages from this book to my Mom and Baby yoga students. The readings are very inspiring and encourage new mothers to trust their inner wisdom, and gain confidence. The book gives a new perspective to the joys and challenges of mothering." - L Feldman (from Amazon)