Reflections of an aunt on Mother’s Day

Spirituality doesn’t look like sitting down and meditating. Spirituality looks like folding the towels in a sweet way and talking kindly to the people in the family even though you’ve had a long day. Or even saying to them, ‘Listen, I’ve had such a long day, but it would be really wonderful if I could just fold these—I’d really love folding these towels quietly if you all are ready to go to bed without me,’ or whatever it is. People often say to me, ‘I have so many things that take up my day. I don’t have time to take up a spiritual practice.’ And the thing is, being a wise parent or a spiritual parent doesn’t take extra time. It’s enfolded into the act of parenting.

Sylvia Boorstein, quoted in Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tippett


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