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The second Sunday of May is observed as Mother’s day in the USA – a proclaimed national holiday. The history of our world is full of festivals and traditions honoring Mothers and some countries observe “International Women’s Day” to celebrate all women.

As I was growing up in India, I do not recall any specific observance of a Mother’s day – however, there was no mistaking the honor and reverence that was expected for mothers, grandmothers and all caregivers – men or women. There is a very strong tradition in Indian culture of women caregivers as vehicles of transferring the family (and religious) traditions to their daughters (and sons :)). I am sure that the same is at least partly true in many cultures across the world. The tradition of prayer is perhaps one such example…

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln

We had discussed the role of mothers and women in #SpiritChat on October 2nd 2011. The focus of that chat was on the feminine influences in our spiritual lives. I am sure you all agree that we can explore this topic some more – with a focus on spiritual caregiving.

Do we need formal caregivers for our spirit? Who are your spiritual caregivers? What role (if any) did your mothers/grandmothers have in your formal or informal spiritual growth? What is the most important spiritual lesson you learnt from them? Have priests and scholars in organized religion been major spiritual influencers for you? Do you see yourself in the role of a spiritual caregiver? How can we best honor our inheritance from our spiritual influencers?

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

I invite you to join us in our weekly #SpiritChat discussion to share your thoughts on “Spiritual Caregivers and Mothers”. Sunday, May 13th at 9am ET / 1pm GMT / 2pm UK / 6:30pm India. Thank you.

Kumud Ajmani

P.S. Please add your thoughts on spiritual caregivers in the comments. We would love to hear from you.

Update: Here is the transcript http://bit.ly/sc-tr-0513 and questions – thank you to all who shared in the discussion!

Q1. What emotions/feelings does the word 'mother' invoke for you? #SpiritChat 

Q2. What is the most lasting (spiritual) impression that your mother/caregiver  made on you? #SpiritChat 

Q3. How do we support those who haven't had positive (or any) mothering influences? #SpiritChat

Q4. Who are some of the most influential mothering/caregiving role-models for you? #SpiritChat

Q5. Do we need a mothering influence to grow spiritually? Or is it just a starting point on the journey? #SpiritChat

Q6. If you are in a mothering role, do you see yourself as a spiritual influencer? Why or why not? #SpiritChat

Q7. What support/resources can single mothers/caregivers utilize to have a spiritual impact? #SpiritChat
Rephrasing Q7. Are there resources that single mothers can access online/offline to help them spiritually? #SpiritChat

Q8. Takeaway. What would you say to your mother (or those you mother) - that you haven't said before? #SpiritChat