Book Review: The Conscious Parent

“The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children”

by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Namaste Publishing 978-1-897238-45-5

This book is just simply amazing. The world would be such a different place if we all read this book. Especially, if through reading it, we could forgive ourselves for the many times we have betrayed the innocence, vulnerability and purity of a child.

Imagine if you could take a special pill that allowed you to be a child again without the beliefs, judgements, fears, projected crap, brainwashing and social conditioning that you struggle with now as an adult. Now then, take that understanding and awareness and refrain from doing to children and grandchildren those things that were done to you.

Imagine how different a person you would be right now. How much more kind, thoughtful, loving, accepting and compassionate you could be right now if you hadn’t essentially been taught to do otherwise. Every human being from birth, if not before, is an empty vessel that comes prefilled with love and light. Our responsibility as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, pastors and the like is to not only not squelch, let alone crush, this beauty in our most vulnerable but to cultivate it as we would tender young plants in a garden. Children, like plants, require nourishment, particularly in the form of love and acceptance.

This book, the Conscious Parent, helps us to understand that children are just like us and we are just like children. We are all the same. We all have the same needs. The more we can create safety and a safe place for any child to be who they are in their essence, the more we become guides and facilitators for them to fully realize themselves and become who they were meant to be!

A quote from the book: “As parents, unless we learn to live from being rather than doing, listening to our inner voice instead of being driven by external factors, the parent-child journey will be fueled by anxiety and drama. When we shift from egoic doing to authentic being, our worldview changes… no longer locked into the past, but present now.”

Dirk is an activist, organic farmer, agricultural advocate and public speaker.