Honoring Motherhood : How It Grows Us Into Our Highest Selves

Motherhood is the greatest teacher on the planet! At least that’s what I think. Honoring motherhood for all that it brings into our lives is challenging to do in 500 words. But let’s give it a shot:

Let’s start with patience.

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” Anonymous

The moment you find out you’re expecting, you begin to practice patience. Then the weeks leading up to your due date (back aching, feet hurting) you have to practice even more patience. 

Next, as your newborn learns to feed, nap, and someday sleep through the night (!!) your patience is continuously honed.  Patience is a fundamental part of the motherhood curriculum. It’s cultivated within whether you’re aware or not. And I guess that’s a good thing?!

Honoring motherhood requires acknowledging surrender.

“Surrender is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance, from no to yes.”  Eckhart Tolle

Surrender means so much more than letting go. It means holding onto faith with a willingness to accept things as they are. It’s knowing that your child is born to you, but has her own destiny that is separate from your plan for her.

Surrender means recognizing that she has her own unique talents and gifts, and will also have her challenges to face.

In my mind, I envision two arms of parenting. One is teaching, guiding, and actively parenting. The other is letting go, and allowing life to lead. Allowing requires surrendering to the natural consequences and rhythms of life. (And, for me, it’s hard to do!)

Surrendering means allowing your child to live the life they are meant to live, and this requires deep faith.

Faith: The underbelly of motherhood.

“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” Rabindranath Tagore

I think of faith as having a deep sense that all is well. Faith is a quiet yet mighty strength.

Faith can be challenged, especially as your child flies away from the nest. Your child may be doing things in college or beyond that you aren’t comfortable with. In many ways, all you have to turn to is faith.

To be sane on this planet, we need to have faith that there is a higher power co-parenting with us. We have to trust that our child is walking down their path and that loving forces are guiding her along her way.

Honoring motherhood means honoring the growth process it requires.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou

As mothers we grow more and more into who we’re here to be.

Our growth begins from the second we discover that we’re going to be a mother. And the curriculum runs deep.

Through our experiences we must face our fears, insecurities, triggers, and mistaken beliefs. Motherhood unearths all the parts of us that need to be healed. If we allow it, motherhood can open all the doors, allowing us to feel the full scope of emotions we have inside.

And that leads to:

Love.

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

But not just the heart-bursting love you feel at your child’s first piano recital.

We get to experience an enduring love that comes from within. It’s a pure heart, wide open, encompassing, all-embracing love that we feel toward our children. The gift of being a mother is accessing and radiating the pure vibration of love upon your child.

Honoring motherhood for what it truly is, and embracing the growth, faith, patience, and surrender required is the way to view the whole experience in a new way. And in the end motherhood is love. Period.

 

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