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“Navigating a soulful spiritual life with a small child
calls upon my creativity and patience. It is the ultimate
koan to my still-surrendering mind.” – Shekinah Zorensky
“I have realized that the journey of being a mother is not about leaving all things human behind in my search for God, as I had thought. The journey is about truly surrendering to the experience of being a human being, and finding God through this.” – Shekinah Zorensky
“When my daughter was almost five years old, I had an opportunity to go on spiritual pilgrimage overseas. This meant leaving her with her father.
At that time, I thought that meant giving up everything, even my role as a mother, so that I could truly focus inward in communion and prayer. Ironically, that evening I conceived my son.
Over the next few months, I awakened to the understanding that being a mother, and opening myself to be a vessel and voice for the true expression of the feminine, through sexuality, birth, and raising children, is my path to God.”
“The foundation of love with my family is the fertile ground that has unlocked some of the deeper recesses of my feminine soul. There is less separation between prayer and living, as both become authentic opportunities for ‘being’ LOVE.” – Shekinah Zorensky
- ‘Being love’ has been the ultimate catalyst for my growth. In every experience that arrives at my doorstep, I am offered an opportunity to choose love, whether that be self love or giving and receiving love with another.
- My communion and prayer time has become ever deeper, even amidst a tiny body crawling into my lap, or a tug on my skirt.
- What took me much time to feel and access before in meditation and prayer has now become relatively instant, even with my son talking, crawling and moving around me.
In each layer of surrender to the path laid before me,
I find a gem birthed of my own soul.
The more I open to my family, to my experiences,
the more I know and express the depths of myself.
Freedom lies not in the release of responsibility from without,
but in the knowing of the infinite possibility within.
Copyright Shekinah Zorensky
and Padma Aon Prakasha
4GGL thanks Womb Wisdom for this story.
The Soul’s Guide to Birthing is a book that shares the belief that “Birth is a Rite of Passage for the whole family, helping man, woman and child embody part of their own soul.” The excerpts above and below are from this soon-to-be-released book.
In many spiritual traditions, being a parent has been considered to hinder your own awakening.
Many male and female spiritual teachers have left their children and families, like the Buddha, to attain enlightenment, free from earthly responsibilities and wailing children demanding love and attention.
This is a masculine path, one of aloneness, meditation, and alignment to universal ideals… Few are the parents who have managed to Awaken whilst tending to and nurturing their children.
The renaissance of the feminine path in the last 30 years, now allying with the more emotionally aware masculine who wishes to include his own feminine side, is helping to bring forth the New Children, the Divine Human.