I am thrilled to share that I am currently working on my first book! The book will explore that which is most important in parenting: our relationship with our children, our ability to take care of ourselves, and how we can stay fully present through the ups and downs of all of it. It will draw on my personal journey through parenthood, my professional and academic experience in clinical social work, and my ongoing practice of mindfulness. Parallax Press will publish the book in the fall of 2014.
Parallax Press is a non-profit publishing house based in Berkeley, California. According to their website, “Parallax Press publishes books on engaged Buddhism and the practice of mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh and other authors. As a division of the Unified Buddhist Church, we are committed to making these teachings accessible to everyone and preserving them for future generations. We believe that, in doing so, we help alleviate suffering and create a more peaceful world.”
As a mother and clinical social worker committed to the centrality of human relationships, the practices of mindfulness, and the importance of social justice, I am honored to be working with Parallax.
The working title of the book is “Learning to Stay,” and it will explore how to stay connected, grounded, and present in the work of parenting when, let’s be honest, all you want to do is run away. The title was inspired by the words of Pema Chödrön, which I have shared before on this blog. Here is my favorite paragraph from that quote:
“The pith instruction is, Stay. . . stay. . . just stay. Learning to stay with ourselves in meditation is like training a dog. If we train a dog by beating it, we’ll end up with an obedient but very inflexible and rather terrified dog. The dog may obey when we say “Stay!” “Come!” “Roll over!” and “Sit up!” but he will also be neurotic and confused. By contrast, training with kindness results in someone who is flexible and confident, who doesn’t become upset when situations are unpredictable and insecure.”
I’ll still be blogging here as I work on the book, so please stay tuned!
Mother and child at sunset image available from Shutterstock.