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Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From My Six-Month-Old
Awakening To Unconditional Self-Love in Motherhood
Kuwana Haulsey, Foreword by Michael Bernard Beckwith
ISBN: 9781936740536
Book (Paperback)
Viva Editions
5 1/2 x 7 1/4
232 pages
September 17, 2013


"Baby as meditation — that’s the idea that awarding-winning novelist Haulsey came up with after the birth of her son. Caught up in the overwhelming, full-time spiral of loving and caregiving-on-demand, she suddenly realized that her infant son was also a spiritual master, pure in his existence in the world, dealing with everything he experienced with wide-open heart and mind. She decided to learn from his example. Mindfulness practice tells us to stay in the present and face our truth. Mothering an infant requires just that. Haulsey began to work with the experience, letting it take her into life review, self-realization, and, eventually, gratitude. Especially valuable for first-time mothers, even customers who aren’t parents will be inspired by the honesty of this life-affirming, real-world book." —Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

In Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From My Six-Month-Old, Kuwana Haulsey speaks to the spiritual unfolding that occurs when we take on the sacred responsibility to love, protect, and guide our children; in turn they birth within us a greater embodiment of unconditional love. An incomparable storyteller, Kuwana allows us to see our own stories embedded within her personal tale. The wisdom, humor, and love she so wholly expresses will encourage us all to cherish the blessing and practice of sacred parenting." —Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center

There is a tribe in Africa where, the first time a woman leaves home following the confinement period after giving birth, everyone she meets along the road greets her with a sacred song otherwise reserved for warriors returning from battle. She’s honored as having lived through a rite of passage that will forever mark her womanhood as abundant and powerful and blessed. She’s respected as a fully franchised member of the most ubiquitous and yet most extraordinary group of beings in our collective experience: mothers.

Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned from a Six-Month-Old: Awakening to Unconditional Self Love in Motherhood is an Eat Pray Love for moms. It fuses memoir, spirituality and self-development into the unique perspective that babies are actually extraordinary spiritual teachers who are capable of showing their caregivers the way toward inspired living. Kuwana Haulsey imparts this deeper understanding of a universal truth of love , in which motherhood is explored as a means of waking up to her innate potential for personal transformation.

Kuwana Haulsey is the author of The Red Moon, which was a 2002 finalist for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Rutgers University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Kuwana has led seminars for the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D.C., and at Rutgers University. She’s taught writing at UCLA and Agape International and is also an actress currently living in North Hollywood where she co-teaches classes on spirituality with Reverend Michael Beckwith.
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Michael Bernard Beckwith is an American New Thought minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, CA, a New Thought church with more than 8,000 members. He lives in Los Angeles.
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