Mothers & Mothering

Video: Memories of My Mother

In this video Dr. John Diamond shares some poignant memories of his mother, from his childhood through to her passing.
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“The Perfect Gift”

For his departing student, the Buddhist Master painted a perfect circle.
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“The Performer, His Audience, and the Maternal Instinct”

Music as the Maternal Instinct. A mother doesn't lullaby to get love – but to give.

Musicians, in contrast, are yearning to get – from the audience as the mother. Their music a cry for love. Listen to Beethoven – he is desperately seeking, not giving. They all are.

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“The Mother as ‘the First Vision of Light'”

"My first Vision of Light."
– Blake, “To Thomas Butts”

From the root BHA, to shine, light, bright, is derived our epiphany and theophany, and photo.

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“Mummy, I Hardly Knew You”

I was talking to a dentist friend who remarked on my mother across the room that she had dentures, he could tell.

I suddenly realized not only did I not know this about her – but so much else!

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“Zen (and Not)”

Lucien Stryk says of Zen: "to use the fewest … strokes of the brush to express their feelings."

In that case, my paintings – now – are certainly Zen: very few strokes, so many only one.

But, to go further: what feeling to express?

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“The ‘Magical Event’ of My Mother’s Passing”

In my meditation this morning, this was given to me:

It was Magical
to be with my mother
as she passed over.

Magical:
the Awareness
of the Supernatural Power
that ever bound us
– and ever will.

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“All Mothers Want Only to Love”

The psychoanalyst George Frankl stated that
All mothers want only to love
and all children want only to be loved.

To which I would add
All children want only to love.

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“Little Boy Lost – and Found”

On a busy street the little boy has lost his mother. He runs towards one mother – then stops because she’s not her. And then another. And another. Becoming ever more desperate.

And then he sees her and runs to her – arms open, smiling.

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“Grateful Thoughts on Tolstoy’s ‘The Kingdom of God is Within You'”

I rest all of my work on what could be called a personification, a domestication, of Tolstoy's "kingdom of God." Here is how he ends his great treatise.
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