Are you a mother? Do you have a mother? Do you know a mother who is deeply in love with her children? Fannnnntastic! This is an invitation to participate in my first book.
Its title is Love, Mama: Letters from the Grave and it blends three great passions: Motherhood, Letters, and The Child -- beneath them, my one great passion, Love itself.
Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Love is the one epic universal value. Love is the moral behind all great stories, books and films. It has been my religion since childhood.
The purpose of this book is to unplug the massive waterfall of Love inside the heart of Motherhood, to unleash its power on this planet so that ALL of life may feel it.
This book is being created through me, yet little will be written by me. It is a book of letters written by mothers from all over the world, to our children -- from "the other side." Thus, "from the grave." Letter writing is a powerfully therapeutic art, as it can hold an exchange of enormous Love and connection between any two people exchanging letters.
Why "from the grave?"
If we want to live from Love while we're alive, it is very helpful to be acutely aware of the gift of life, and how fast it can end.
This book will be written from the place of awareness that knows these bodies are temporary homes for our eternal nature in Spirit.
A book of adoration, honesty and riveting beauty -- sometimes pleasant, sometimes not.
Mothers who participate will listen to an 8.5-minute visualization to guide you to the moment when you leave your body, peacefully, then "look" back at your child(ren) and pick up a pen. You will write without thinking. You will write with your heart. A letter that says whatever is true for you...
To participate, see the Instructions below. Submission DEADLINE is January 18, 2018.
I await your letter with wide open arms. Letter writing is my lifelong art, and I am thrilled to co-create this book with you.
|Guided Visualization for LOVE MAMA book by Jessica Rios|
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In my life I’ve had many, many experiences of choosing to “lean into light” — to recover from fear and pain to love and joy — yet this is the first time I’m actually facing this kind of dark.
Long seasons of cold, rain, wind and dark have been known to knock people off-center, and I am committed to utilizing all the tools I’ve got for self care, as the season rolls on. Buy a UV light? Maybe. Get outside, walk up stairs and hike up hills? Oh yes.
How would you make it — without too many grumpy days — through a long dark winter?
Letter writing has always been a therapeutic art for me, so I’ll write through the winter. Last week I wrote this letter for parents to use as they wish, since there is a growing number of parents who want their holidays to be less about presents, or “stuff” — and more about connection and quality time.
Whether you are a parent or not, chances are you want less stress and debt this holiday season. Consider this. How much more rewarding would it be to spend less time, money and attention on presents and more quality time with people you’ll miss indescribably when you die? Yep, when you leave your body. Because we all will, right?
In western cultures, we tend to avoid talking about our inevitable physical death. What purpose does this serve? If anything, I've seen people enjoy life more when they stop pretending to be immortal.
There’s no good reason to wait until we’re taking our last breaths. Ask the big questions now. Express your big feelings now. To your friends, to your mom or cousin or favorite co-workers…
What would you do if you knew you had two weeks to live?
What art is living inside of you, that you are denying and want to step-up?
What makes you feel alive, and are you doing that enough?
They'll feel your love.
From one perspective, living in a human body is rivetingly blissful and filled with pleasure. From another perspective, our bodies are limited and the real "light" is on the "other side," after we leave our bodies. Wherever you stand in the range of these beliefs, I will assert that we are here on this Earth to become really good at leaning into light. During long dark winters, or divorce or destructive wildfire, or adolescent growing pains or while we're looking for a new job that actually feels worth our time...
Asking the big questions and expressing the big feelings can help us feel alive.
Jessica Rios, Founder of Leaning into Light, is a lifelong letter writer, a mother, coach, and freelance consultant, and eternally a fan of Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street. This deeply personal blog and our FREE recorded talks and workshops are devoted to one of her great passions: illuminating the beauty of the human spirit.