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You Are Abundant:
Why You Are
Enough the Way
After the first few pages of this
book I realised it was an invaluable
message for this time. In the often
frantic fast-paced world of today so
many of us are dogged by self criticism
and self doubt, and You are Abundant
not only provides guidance on how to
feel loveable, deserving and worthy,
but also really clarifies the benefits to
ourselves, those around us and the
planet as a whole when we are kind to
Drawing on angelic guidance,
BelindaGrace provides practical insights
on how to truly appreciate that each
and every one of us is enough exactly
as we are now. This is not to condone
destructive or abusive behaviour, but
rather to understand that we are each
on a unique journey.
Many of the chapters also include
short exercises. There is one for
reparenting yourself, and for anyone
wanting to be a parent an exercise called
"Invitation to a Child". One exercise I
found very useful is "Moving Forward
from the Threshold", which is a great
Parenting with Soul
Review By Nicola
In Parenting with
Soul Sally Collings
joins a small, but
growing, group of modern authors who
are willing to explore the myth of perfect
motherhood through the clear and
unsentimental lens of reality.
The truth is that parenting is tiring
work and you're always on call. Ask any
new mum or dad. It's a dirty business; the
little darlings are infinitely curious and will
find creative ways of covering themselves
with mud and muck the second you take
your eyes off them. If you live far away
from your extended family, as many young
couples do, raising young children can
often be a lonely task.
Until about 30 or so years ago, as
part of their education, girls were taught
unexciting domestic subjects that were
intended to prepare them to become
mothers of the future. Today's mothers
were taught to excel academically and
artistically, be socially confident and have
successful careers. Many of them will
relate to Collings who describes herself as
a "self taught parent".
An intrinsically spiritual person,
Collings realised soon after having
children that she was missing the richness
of an inner life. She had unaccountably
lost track of the divine in day-to-day living.
As any parent knows, the early years of
childhood are so heavily driven by having
to do innumerable tasks that there's very
little opportunity to simply be by yourself.
As a result, the daily routine starts to feel
mundane and lacking in purpose.
How do you add soul to your life
and what is it anyway? Collings enjoys
Christian roots but she is not constrained
by them and often dips into other spiritual
your life in which nothing seems to
work out, and you are not able to move
forward. It is about letting go and allowing
the Universe to work its magic.
The chapter I really found illuminating
is "The Return of the Divine Empowered
Feminine". This looks at both the
masculine and feminine energies within
us all. It discusses the Distorted Masculine,
a desire to control everything and living
through fear, and the Distorted Feminine
characterised by negative emotions,
neediness and a sense of powerlessness.
Living with these, the angels say, is one of the
greatest causes of depression. As
BelindaGrace reminds the reader, we
all have both feminine and masculine
energy and once you have reintegrated
the Divine Empowered Feminine, the
life giving energy that provides the
fertile soil for all our creations, the Divine
Empowered Masculine, characterised by
its leadership qualities, decision making,
and more direct approach to getting
things done, will automatically follow.
Another chapter that particularly
resonated for me is the one of self
acceptance and forgiveness, which includes
a simple but powerful exercise to dissolve
all the guilt and self blame stored in your
cells and energy field.
This book is a gem. It's accessible and
easy to read, but provides so many powerful
tools to release feelings and beliefs that do
not serve our true purpose, and brings us
into a state of true abundance.
and wisdom traditions. Her concept of
"soul" encompasses a wider meaning
than any narrow religious definition. Jung
likened the soul to the rootstock of a
plant: "What we see is the blossom, which
passes. The rhizome remains." Collings
describes soul as the true essence of one's
being regardless of the circumstances --
how does a parent respond when their
toddler wakes up at 3am having wet the
bed?Parenting with Soul suggests we
plunge more deeply into the chaos and
wonder of family life, rather than seeking
to escape its unpalatable aspects. Some
of the ways to add soul to your day are
spending 60 seconds of mindfulness
before you get out of bed in the morning,
having a good laugh, or cry, depending
on the circumstances, or saying a quick
prayer while you're doing the dishes.
I like the concept of honouring the
perfect, but flawed, beauty around us.
This worldview is known as wabi-sabi
and derives from the Zen Buddhist and
Taoist traditions. Picture the wrinkle-
wreathed face of an old woman or your
child's battered, but beloved, teddy bear.
The secret is to be on the lookout for
richness in everything.
Einstein said, "There are two ways to
live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle;
you can live as if everything is a miracle."
We take great care to feed the body;
however, rarely do we remember to feed
the spirit. Would our lives change if we
took the time to nurture our soul in the
Parenting with Soul is about savouring
life in all its guises, something, funnily
enough, small children are especially good
at! This doesn't escape the author, who
suggests children be allowed to be the
guru now and again.
Sally Collings writes with humour and
refreshing clarity. Best of all, this book
is designed to be dipped in at random,
perhaps during some rare quiet time
when the children are napping. Just the
thing for time poor parents!
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