Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother of us all...

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before.”
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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This topic challenged me in unexpected ways and opened a sense of ethereal understanding in yet others. No matter what kind of mother brought us into this world, the circumstances or reasoning behind our births, we owe that one fundamental respect and thank you to the woman who gave us life.

One of the definitions in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for mother is: maternal tenderness and affection. If that is the case, wouldn’t that apply to any decent compassionate human being? We all carry a mothering instinct in us to protect, shelter, and care for others of our species. In light of that basic comprehension, what if the role of mother changed to who ever molded the person you are now?

Perhaps we didn’t discover exactly what it meant to be mothered until we became adults or parents ourselves. What if we took someone or they took us under our/their wing and showed simple compassion and appreciation; is that not mothering?

This Sunday celebrate the very act of having been born and those saintly souls who mother our spirits. As a mother myself, I gave the world a daughter and she gave me the unconditional love and honor of being her mother. I have earned my place in her heart and life. Ask yourself who has earned that place in yours and honor them with all the glory they deserve not just in a single day, but all the days of your life.

Even Edgar Allen Poe in all his dysfunctional haunted understanding of life, could behold the beauty of that which is called Mother:

“Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother,"
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.”
-- Edgar Allan Poe



Picture from here

51 comments:

  1. Indigo... what a beautiful post. I don't have children & probably won't have any, but it made me feel very emotional thinking about my own mother.

    I totally agree that we can be 'maternal' in other ways, though, and I love mentoring young people.

    Hugs,
    Kaz

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  2. Lovely post. I also appreciated the Rajneesh and Poe quotes. Hey Indigo, I would be curious your thoughts on my post today also.

    Take care and have a blessed weekend.

    Marvin D Wilson

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  3. That has to be most heart-felt post I have read about mother's day. Thank you :)

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  4. Beautiful!!!! Happy Mother's Day to you!!!

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  5. we had our mothers day weeks ago over here,have to say this post touched me indigo,very much.take care,love mort xx

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  6. Hope your day tomorrow is special and everything you want it to be.

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  7. You are so right, no matter what we should feel gratitude for the gift of life our mother's have given us. I also liked how you wrote about being mothered by all compassionate, caring people. I would like to think that I have one thousand mothers, one million sisters and brothers, and a family larger than anyone could imagine. Mother is such an interesting topic, you've definitely helped me explore it with this post.

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  8. Well put. I have had so many mothers, and am still adding to their numbers...everyone who nurtures me and assists my growth.

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day Indigo!

    Love
    annie

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  9. Lovely post Indigo. I'm very lucky in the mother department. I'm also very lucky in the child department - two wonderful kids who are getting an awful lot closer to adult stage! How do they get so old so fast?? :)

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  10. I struggle with my relationship with my mothers (birth and adopted) but with my children I am so blessed.

    Beautiful post.

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  11. Indigo, I wish so to call you friend, you who tonight created for me an unique perspective on mothers and motherhood.Brava! Thank you.

    Happy mother's day!

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  12. Happy Mothers Day Indigo!!
    Hugs,Sheri

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  13. Happy Mothers Day, my friend. love you so very much.

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  14. What a beautiful post, and a lovely sculpture to match it! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. This is so true! I had never thought of it in that way, but you are absolutely right. In my mind, this day is first and foremost meant to honour my mom, for everything that she has done for me and continues to do for me, but I will now look at it as a day of appreciation for everyone who has mothered me. Who has made me feel safe, secure, and protected. We should be thanking these people each and every day.

    Great post!

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  16. This is very touching. I am a mother and am so grateful to be so. =) Happy Mother's Day Indigo!

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  17. Beautiful post, and beautiful statue pictured too.

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  18. Beautiful post Indigo. Happy Mother's Day xxx

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  19. What a lovely post. Happy Mother's Day.

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  20. In your honour and in the honour of wall the Writwrs and Poets, I published an ilustration.

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  21. There is nothing more special in the world than a mom.

    Happy Mother's Day everyone!

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  22. Beautiful post.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  23. I am a mother in progress. There is always more and more work to be done on me. I hope I do well enough.

    Hope your mother's day was good, Indigo. Good and rich.

    xo
    erin

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  24. Happy Mother's Day to you Indigo!
    This is such a strong image to accompany your words. I too believe that there is a mothering instinct in all of us. I know this simply by how very much my friends and I are willing to go the extra mile to make sure one another is safe, or how, in my case, I'm also supportive of my brothers and defensive of their actions.
    Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog post! This has been a difficult time for sure and honestly, I wish my parents had that mentality that come hell or high water, they'd be there for me.

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  25. Beautiful, Indigo. I love what you said about having earned your daughter's love.
    I did not have children. Nearly two years ago I began a blogging friendship with a young man in the Philippines (have written about Dex a few times in my blog), and he asked if I would be Mom to him. It is one of the most spiritual things ever to happen in my life. Although we have talked many times about how wonderful it would be to someday meet in person, we wondered how/when. He will visit us on June 12th (less than one month...I have so much to do!), after having attended a two-week seminar in Baltimore. He won a Bill & Melinda Gates Scholarship to this seminar at Johns Hopkins! I will write about it at my blog but haven't really found the right words yet. Telling you about it here begins the process....

    I never in a million years expected to see a quote by Rajneesh again in my life! He shared such a strange history with Oregon...

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  26. Wonderful post!I love both quotes!

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  27. Just have to add my appreciation of a lovely post. For me, no one has ever been more precious in my life than my mother. I feel so sorry for people who talk of discord between themselves and their mums.
    The fact that she made you in her own body is simply magical.

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  28. Very touching post, and I certainly appreciate your insights. Also I have never seen this statue before. It's magnificent

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  29. As usual, your post is just lovely.
    Thanks for the Poe quote, I hadn't heard it!

    And I love how the definition of mother isn't just genetic. That's so important.

    Happy Monday!
    Lydia

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  30. I once heard it explained from a mom that having a kid feels like you're joining a legion of people from everywhere and all through history who have done the same thing. It's a world-building club.
    xx
    Russ

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  31. What a beautiful quote from Poe - and a beautiful post from you!

    Hope you had a lovely day yesterday.

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  32. Excellent Indigo. You have me searching my memory for my "mother."

    DB

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  33. Such a beautiful and thought provoking post, thank you.

    Happy belated Mother's Day xo

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  34. Just beautiful. Thanks, Indigo, for saying this so well.

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  35. It's one of the goals and hopes of my life- to someday be a mother...and one of my life's greatest blessings is my own mother.
    Lovely post.

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  36. Ah, Indigo, I love your blog. Love the way you write - and think. And a little Poe tossed in never hurts :D Thanks for your words of encouragement over on my blog!

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  37. Beautiful post. One of the best pieces of wisdom I ever got: Give yourself the advice your mother would give you.

    :)

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  38. The sentiments expressed in this post are touching and beautiful. The two quotes framed your words wonderfully.

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  39. I hope your mothers day was filled with peace and joy.

    I met the Bagwhan Shree Rajneesh when they were in Oregon...great quote too...hard topic indeed, moms of all types are complex at best and amazing always...

    love
    g

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  40. What a lovely post! I love that you have a Poe poem of all things with this topic! You're a wild woman! Happy mother's day!!

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  41. Loved Edgar. :)

    And love this post. My mom is truly my best friend, so this one hits home for me.

    I'm not a mother yet, but I sure do respect the women who are.

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  42. Indigo,

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am honored to have such a passionate and compassionate visitor come my way.

    I love your quotes and your beautiful blog. Your posts are thought provoking and sentimental.

    I am a mom,a mentor and a friend to many young people. There is nothing more endearing or enduring than a relationship with a mother figure.

    I hope to see you around~cat

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  43. Thanks for your awesome comments at my blog!

    This post made me think a lot because I am not at all close to my mother. The varying definitions are astounding.

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  44. Beautiful, Indigo. I really like the picture you posted with this - what a lovely statue.

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  46. (Sorry about deleting above - some editing problems....)

    Indidgo - Do you know this mother and child statue? I walk past it every single day - how homely to see it here! It is from the Vigeland park in Oslo, Norway, where I live. I have used Vigeland’s statues as illustrations for many of my posts - first here - http://toliveapoem.blogspot.com/2010/03/wild-night.html (also mother and child motif) and then on April 23, 21 and 19. I adore these statues, they are part of my life!

    Your beautiful post touched me, particularly with this sentence - we owe that one fundamental respect and thank you to the woman who gave us life.

    And then this - I gave the world a daughter and she gave me the unconditional love and honor of being her mother.

    Thank you!

    Grete

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  47. I think that my "fathering" instinct is strong which is my desire to teach and guide others. I don't want to do their job for them but simply guide them. I agree that we carry the nurturing instinct within. It is indeed strong.

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