From the publisher, Celestial Arts (tenspeed.com) . . .
A blessingway is a special ceremony designed to acknowledge a woman's journey into motherhood. Different from a baby shower, which primarily focuses upon the soon-to-be-born child, a blessingway honors, pampers, and celebrates the mother-to-be by creating a circle of strength and support around her as she prepares to give birth.
I read Mother Rising in preparation for a radio interview with one of the authors, Barb Lucke. I was in such awe reading this book! To be honest, I started the book thinking it sounded like some kind of new age craziness but I finished it wishing with all my heart that I had had one during my pregnancies!
Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood by Yana Cortlund, Barb Lucke, and Donna Miller Watelet shows how any woman can organize, personalize, and create a ceremony. This step-by-step guide includes practical information such as tips for sharing and storytelling, positive visualizations, and recipes for healthy feasting. Fun activities like belly casting, henna body art, shoulder massages, and herbal footbaths further enhance the blessingway experience while inspirational quotations and an expansive resource listing help complete one's unique ceremony.
I heard how powerful these ceremonies are, and even though I was somewhat skeptical, I was amazed how much I could feel that powerful energy come from this book as I read through it. I've never experienced such a feeling from a book before. This is not a crazy new age ritual; it's something beautiful, empowering, nurturing, and much more meaningful than traditional parties/showers ever could be. Don't get me wrong; I think there's a place for traditional showers, but I truly wish every mom could have a blessingway ceremony in additional to the other types of celebrations.
Mother Rising is a beautifully compiled book full of ideas, plans, recipes, checklists, and inspiring pictures. In the introduction, author Pam England writes, "This is a groundbreaking book. Mother Rising is expertly and warmly written and well-organized. Each page draws you in, and slowly draws out of you indigenous, soulful wisdom and confidence you never knew you had. When blessingway rituals become a Western tradition, birth outcomes will change." I agree completely and I'll add that the experience will touch you whether you're the mom-to-be or one of the participants
The next time you feel like planning a baby shower, pick up Mother Rising and learn about a different type of ceremony to honor mom-to-be. You may just start a whole new tradition in your life and that of your friends and family.
For more information, visit the authors' website at www.blessingwaybook.com - you'll find sample outlines for blessingways and personal stories. Also, listen to the podcast of my interview with co-author Barb Lucke.
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