Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

Perdita Finn

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Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn Hyperion: New York, 1997

 394 pp., $22.95 (cloth)


In Everyday Blessings, Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn compare parenting to an arduous meditation retreat spanning a large part of their lives. Their children have been their Zen masters, long nights of nursing have been their sesshins. They want to reaffirm the worthiness of raising children as a spiritual endeavor. In a culture where fewer and fewer parents are able or willing to be fully engaged, the Kabat-Zinns' assertion that parenting is a "sacred responsibility" comes as a powerful admonition.

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