CHOOSING TO HAVE CHILDREN IS A PRIVATE DECISION WITH GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES.
Other Than Mother explores the decision-making process around not having children. It is in three parts:
Part I “The Worldly Winds” explores the backdrop to deciding whether or not to have children, including the cultural changes brought about by a rise in voluntary/intentional childlessness.
Part II “A Private Decision with Global Consequences” explores the pros and cons in the decision-making process, including ecological and environmental considerations.
Part III “New Horizons and Baby-sized Projects” explores living with the decision.
“What a truly beautiful book. Touching on issues close to the heart – stewardship, legacy and interconnectedness – Kamalamani talks of birthing of another kind. Having children can be a choice. Or more specifically, choosing not to have children – often a far less spoken about subject. Kamalamani faces this shadow and explores it deeply, compassionately and lovingly.”
POLLY HIGGINS, International Ecocide law advocate, CEO of Earth Community Trust. Author of Eradicating Ecocide and Earth is our Business
“For readers weighing the choice of whether or not to try for a baby, or seeking wisdom on decision making per se, this clear and gentle, knowing and engaging work will be of excellent counsel. In it the author recalls and refines her own personal experience, brings to bear her professional understanding, and invokes a bodhisattva concern for the other-than-human life on earth. In Other Than Mother Kamalamani gives us a timely, compassionate, skillful guide.”
STEPHANIE MILLS, ecological activist, lecturer, and author of Epicurean Simplicity and Whatever Happened to Ecology?
KAMALAMANI is an Embodied-Relational therapist, supervisor, facilitator, mentor and writer based in Bristol. She has been practicing Buddhism for the past 21 years and was ordained as a Buddhist in 2005. See www.kamalamani.co.uk