“The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have given birth; it is a principle inherent in both women and men. It is the attitude of the mind. It is love – and that love is the very breath of life ... Let us remember that real leadership is not to dominate or to control, but to serve others with love and compassion, and to inspire women and men alike through the example of our lives.”
from “The Awakening of Universal Motherhood” an address given by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), upon receiving the 2002 Gandhi-King Award.
As we creep towards Mother’s Day in the UK (18 March 2012; celebrated in May throughout much of the rest of the world) my thoughts always turn to the strongest example of motherhood of all – Mother Earth.
Creator of all nature, she is always there to nourish and guide us, selflessly giving us her beautiful form to inhabit so that we may develop and grow.
Everywhere, nature takes its cue from her might. As I look out into my garden on this sunny morning, the birds are making nests ready to give birth to new life, and the first buds are savouring the warmer spring air.
The essence of true motherhood lies in the lessons Mother Earth lays all around us: the sewing of seeds for kinship and growth; the tolerance of hardship and hope of renewal; the combined beauty of strength and compassion; the vitality of spring; the joy of summer; the wisdom of autumn; and the peace of winter.
Like the best mothers everywhere, Mother Earth supports our endless blossoming and sustains the very essence of our being. By learning from her example and aligning with her patterns, we can all learn to reconnect with our own inner motherhood and – to quote Amma above – “serve others with love and compassion”.
Love and blessings,
Photograph by Gillie Rhodes.
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