Sarah Napthali is a mother of two who strives to apply Buddhist teachings in her daily life, especially as a mother.
She is the author of Buddhism for Mothers, a guide book of sorts to being a calmer, happier mother, which has sold 60,000 copies around the world and has been translated into nine languages. She has since published the follow up books, Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children and Buddhism for Mothers of School Children.
She describes how she turns to the Buddhist philosophies of meditation and mindfulness in raising her own children, adhering to the central doctrine that it’s not the circumstances that need to change to make us happy, but our our own perspective. It’s not our children who need to shift, but us.
Sarah talks to Mother Zen about how watching our thoughts and practicing self compassion are the greatest tools to help us find joy and presence in motherhood and override the spiral of negative thinking.
“Children are ideal [as teachers] because they live in the present and they model it for us so they’re raising us as much as we’re raising them”
~ Sarah Napthali