|THISISAWAR.COM: APRIL 2015 - SEPTEMBER 2015|
This month, we're going to look at the way you help shape the future. Have you ever considered how one look or one word – "yes" is just one that comes to mind – can change history?
In no sphere is this truth more evident than that of caring for children. Our culture is one in which the proper nurturance of children is increasingly complicated. Work hours, exhaustion, economic pressures are only some of the pressures. All three are related, and have, in conjunction with a host of other factors, resulted in a global paucity of attentive childcare. So how do we identify the issues holding us back and what can we do about them?
KJS Anand, Professor of Neurobiology, Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at St. Jude’s and the 2009 winner of the Nils Rosen von Rosenstein Award (the Nobel for Pediatrics), described Antonella Gambotto-Burke’s new book, Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution, as "undeniably the most important book of the 21st century."
Part-memoir, part-philosophical call to arms, this is a brilliant, passionate and moving exploration of what it is to be a mother and wife in the twenty-first century. What does it mean to be intimate with those we love and what happens when we're not? How does motherhood tie into femininity, sexuality, status? How does society judge mothers and how does this influence them? How do working hours undermine our most important relationships? Why is our value system now exclusively achievement-based rather than based on intimacy?
Critically, what is the future for our children and society in this increasingly functional culture devoid of emotion?
Antonella not only explores this terrain with the great visionaries of modern childcare, but reveals the joys, intimacies and elisions that led to her own metamorphosis: among them, her "corrosive" relationship with her own mother, her 32-year-old brother's suicide, the emotional and philosophical revolution triggered by the birth of her daughter, and the traumatic end of her ten-year marriage.
A beautifully eloquent and thought-provoking insight into the cultural significance of love and motherhood, Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution is unique in its scope, challenging our cultural capacity for intimacy. Why, Antonella asks, are we willingly forfeiting happiness in the pursuit of an ultimately meaningless ideal?
Be at the forefront of this exciting social change by preordering this life-changing book at Amazon or Book Depository.
Another step you can take toward happiness is to borrow or buy this DVD. We watched it and fell in love (who can help falling in love with Louise Hay? I mean, really). It is simply impossible not to feel even marginally better after watching it.
We are also great believers in posting constructive messages up around the house - some of us use Louise Hay cards, others just scrawl messages in thick black pen on paper - so that everywhere you look, the news is good.
Because the first step to happiness, really, is believing in the possibility of change. Everything flows from there.
Our inspired Eastern medicine specialist Sarah George teaches ten things most people don't know about herbal medicine here.
Marcus Aurelius, immortalized in Ridley Scott's film Gladiator, once said, "The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly." In The Deeper Wound, Deepak Chopra writes, "Suffering can be defined as the pain that makes life seem meaningless ... Don't be afraid to ask for contact. Reach out." If you are feeling suicidal, click here.
Browse the site at your leisure. Send relevant links to those you think would benefit. Bookmark the site. And, most importantly, enjoy. (There are also Yahoo! groups relevant to just about every circumstance.) You may want to donate five dollars to Children of the Night, an organization that saves abused children from prostitution. To read more, please click here; to donate, click here. Or buy a family in need the means to support themselves from the Smiles Gift Catalogue here.
Otherwise, enjoy exploring our site (below) and have a wonderful, true, and life-affirming month!
With blessings from all of us at thisisawar.com
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