When you have your first child,
Suddenly life becomes precious.
So precious you can strangle it,
With the tension of holding on.
What mother hasn't had fearful
Fantasies of losing her child?
This is the hardest time to accept
Letting go as part of holding on.
Three mothers in ten grasp their children
With claws of steel to protect them from harm.
Three mothers in ten allow their
Children to wander into danger.
Three mothers in ten confuse their children
With endless admonitions and worries
Yet force them to face pain before they are ready.
Only ten percent accept the wheel of life as it is.
They are free from fear for they know nothing is ever lost.
They do not grasp and cling or organize their lives around a fantasy of what might happen.
For their children, fear cannot find a place to lodge its blade.
~ The Tao of Motherhood ~
photo - Sayananda Yoga Mangrove Ashram Women with Spirit weekend course