Renee Peterson Trudeau is on the faculty of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness and leads life balance workshops for Fortune 500 companies, conferences, and organizations worldwide. She is the author of the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal.
Trudeau correctly maintains that the external circumstances of our lives have shifted, bringing the jarring prospects of possibly losing our job, our home, our health care, and our dreams of a relaxed retirement. As a result of this shift, many people have taken a much more intentional and serious look at the internal resources of soul, spirituality, and self-nurturing. Others are tired of their overworked and over-scheduled lives; they are seeking a new way of being in these stressful and scary times.
These two cultural developments have had a major impact on families and the priorities of parenting. Trudeau is right on target as she challenges us to wake up and explore ten pathways to peace and well-being. At the heart of this transformative approach is self-care which honors our worth, enables us to feel alive and whole, gives us energy, lets us tap our inner power, and re-configures our lives with infusions of love, play, well-being, and joy. Also included in the ten pathways are: Putting People First, Things Second; Seeing Nature as the Ultimate Antidepressant; Finding Spiritual Renewal; Defining, Celebrating, and Honoring Your Family Culture; Doing Less and Experiencing More; and Building Your Support Network.
We were impressed with Trudeau's insights on the nature of conscious parenting, the emotional price of a plugged-in life, exploring your relationship to nature, spending time together, a new simplicity, and finding and building your tribe. Nurturing the Soul of Your Family is one of the best books in many a moon on spiritual parenting and the creation of soulful families!