Those of you who listen regularly to the podcast know that I almost always ask guests about spirituality and parenting.
That is an autobiographical question.
I was in seminary when I had my first son. Suddenly the demands of motherhood flooded into any quiet spaces for prayer, reflection and study that had fueled my pre-motherhood spiritual life.
Parenting changed everything for me. And not in a bad way.
My spiritual practices have left my head and moved into my arms. Holding, rocking, serving, feeding…these activities have drawn me into new ways of interacting with the sacred. More embodied. More scattered. Perhaps more transformational.
I came across this recently and it tells the same story, the story of spirituality reborn with parenthood. It also tells the story of re-writing spiritual traditions so that they widen just a bit, widen to include the lives of mothers and fathers who barely have time for a shower, much less a full liturgical prayer.
The next interview that I will post here is with Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. We will explore some of these same themes in our conversation. In the meantime, enjoy this quick reflection by Danya Ruttenberg.
“There is enough room in our spiritual expressions not only for all of the love we feel for our families, but also for the hectic, distracted chaos that so often defines parenting small children — if we are willing to expand our understanding of what religious expression is, and can be.”