The Very First Guru: Your Mother
On the 11th of March, in the United Kingdom, we will celebrate Mother’s Day to say thank you to the original guru in all of our lives! This day is a beautiful dedication to the person who, for many, is consistently the most important woman in the world.
The Very First Guru
Your mother is the very first guru in your life. When we use this word ‘guru’ we are referring to someone who teaches and inspires us, both spiritually and emotionally. A guru is a person who removes us from the darkness, whilst also dispelling darkness and ignorance from our lives. When it comes to the mother, this term also describes someone who nourishes, nurtures and protects – often at great personal sacrifice.
If your mother is no longer a physical presence in your life, for whatever reason, then it is still important to express gratitude towards the woman who created you!
Our mothers take us from the darkness and bring light into our lives. They are the first consistent presence in our world, and the love that they give us teaches us how to love ourselves and extend our love to others.
During our lives we will all have many gurus. We will be guided and influenced by an abundance of positive people. These people may come into our lives seemingly by chance, but each will have a purpose and something to contribute to our journey. However, regardless of the influence that others may have, the important role that your mother holds as the original guru will not waver.
What is Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day is a celebration, a tribute and a chance to show gratitude to the woman who birthed you, raised you and guided you through life. Many people also enjoy extending this gratitude to other maternal figures within the family, such as grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.
Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is also commonly known, is typically said to have begun many centuries ago. The original concept of this day was the tradition of people returning home to their ‘mother’ church during Lent. As this tradition evolved, it became an opportunity for an impromptu family reunion. It was a chance for those who worked away from home to spend time with their mothers. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that the day became officially dedicated to the celebration of mothers in America. The idea came to England soon after.
However, the idea of celebrating the mother has been a prevalent concept that can be observed in history as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans.
This Mother’s Day
Expressing gratitude is a concept that we should all embrace on a daily basis. This is all the more true on the day that is dedicated to celebrating your original guru. So, take the time to show thanks, demonstrate your appreciation and make it known to your mother that you love, respect and honour her in your own unique way!
Get on the mat with your mum, you’ll get to spend some quality time with her and share in something that will last longer than just one day a year! A gift card to enjoy a private yoga session or wellness experience together is clearly the best gift you could possibly give!