Books Blogs and Buddha Bubbling Up

Cover of Mama Outside, Mama Inside

A review of Mama Outside, Mama Inside, written by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Susan Gaber.

This book depicts two mamas getting ready for the arrival of their babies. Mama Outside is a bird building her nest with the help of Daddy bird. Mama Inside is a human mama (preparing) nesting in her own nursery with the help of daddy. The two mamas notice one another as they get ready for their growing brood. The two mamas’ babies arrive on the “same bright morning, Mama Inside lets her breath out with a mighty whoosh! And her baby slips into the world.” The illustrations don’t directly indicate the place of the birth, so it can be interpreted however the reader’s family births, which I like. It is not pushing an agenda for home vs. hospital birth. The Mama Outside feeds her babies naturally, as does Mama Inside. Mama Inside breastfeeds and Daddy inside is right there helping her. I enjoyed how the book concentrates on the natural ability of mamas to birth, feed, and gently nurture their babies. My boys enjoyed this book immensely and we continue to talk about their own births and their siblings births that they’ve watched.

I’ve been neglecting my book reading in favor of writing and reading blogs lately. So, I’ve decided to combine them by writing about what I’m reading. Starting this month, I’ll be reading Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen PhD and The Zen Path Through Depression by Philip Martin. So, if you’d like to join me in reading either or both of these books, please feel free. I’ll write about them as I go along and ask lots of questions that should be thought provoking even if you aren’t reading along with me. I learn so much from this online community I’ve encountered. And I look forward to our comment exchanges.

After the events of Sunday night with the very public reactions to the death of a very hated person (who I am not naming because I’m avoiding the search engines) I’m limiting my online time. I realized that I’m pretty triggered right now and I’m working through a lot of feelings of deep sadness. I don’t know what the answer is, but I know that violence is not it. I cannot feel a sense of happiness or even release because someone is dead. To write someone off as evil is to dehumanize them. We all are one, even when we don’t like what we see.

loka samasta sukhino bhavantu

May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all

6 thoughts on “Books Blogs and Buddha Bubbling Up

  1. Honestly, that particular death is next to meaningless for me.. he is dead, but (his) evil isn’t.

    I’m looking forward to inspiration for actually reading my copy of playful parenting!

  2. Honestly, that particular death is next to meaningless for me.. he is dead, but (his) evil isn’t.

    I’m looking forward to inspiration for actually reading my copy of playful parenting!

  3. Oh, I definitely want to read playful parenting! And I want to tell my husband about the Zen path through depression. I don’t think he’s read that one and he has pretty intense depression. Thanks for the ideas.
    You’re wise to stay away from all the news. I’ve had things that trigger me like that. I love that quote at the bottom of your post. Is that a chant? I can see using it for meditation, just in english. I need a way to connect to that idea. It’s familiar to me at a deep level, even though I haven’t been connected to it in this situation. i don’t know why. Maybe I’m just overloaded. It’s disconcerting in its own way.
    Much love to you, Zoie

  4. Oh, and I meant to say too that the book you reviewed looks adorable – I mean to put it on the list of books I want to get for the Bean 🙂

  5. Hey – the library here has the playful parenting book! I put in a request for it – it’ll be fun to read a book with you Zoie. 🙂

    On a more sobering note…I have the same feelings on the recent news – particularly on seeing the crazy FB statuses from family in the US that are nothing less than bloodthirsty. A friend posted this quote and I re-posted, kind of fearful that I would be jumped on, but the peaceful responses from many friends were heartening…I thanked them for helping me to restore my faith in humanity! Here it is…

    “Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us. Are we learning anything, or simply spinning harder in the cycle of violence?” – Brian McLaren

I love comments and try to reply to each one. I look forward to connecting with you. Namaste

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