Category Archives: Pioneering Spirits

Third Daughter

She is my fourth child and my third daughter. She holds a special place in the order of the family.  She is my last child. The others are grown or grown enough to be out of the house. She is … Continue reading



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The Wilderness of Motherhood

A pregnancy test is like a Rorscach: one’s inner world gets tossed back at her in sharp relief. I stared at mine and felt the weight of my childhood and the hope of a different future in a dizzying twist … Continue reading



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Losses and Gifts in Midlife

Since the 2012 publication of my book Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser, I have been leading workshops and working with groups to explore how to negotiate the path of aging in today’s … Continue reading



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Cyma Shapiro Interviews the Authors of The Mother’s Wisdom Deck

Q: Good Day, Niki. Thanks much for our time together. As a creator of Mothering with Soul, you have a unique, purposeful message. Tell me a little more about yourself, your collaborators, and your combined mission. A: Thanks for having … Continue reading



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Mush Brain Ramblings (A Commentary on New Older Motherhood)

The whole issue of my age as a mother has never really bothered me. It is a miracle that I have Hope in my world and that both of us are healthy, happy and having such a wonderful time getting … Continue reading



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Cyma Shapiro Interviews Suzanne Braun Levine, Author of You Gotta Have Girlfriends

Q:  On the heels of your last book How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After Fifty,  what compelled you to write this new book? With each book about women of my generation – Inventing the Rest of Our … Continue reading



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Listen and Be Heard

Women – nurturers – are the most resilient beings in the Universe. Yet, no matter if you are in an aesthetically pleasing state, at the top of your career, happily mothering, or within the most profoundly loving relationship, you may … Continue reading



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101 Affirmations for Children

I compiled a list of affirmations for children, recently, from a wish to help mine with self-mastery and positive programming.  As adults, many of our limiting thought patterns can be attributed to childhood conditioning or having unconsciously adopted negative societal … Continue reading



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The “N” Word

“Mom, that kid just called Joey a nigger!”  Jimmy, my fair-haired eleven year-old, his face flushed with anger, stood before me on the elementary school playground, trying to process the insult that had just been hurled at his darker-skinned younger … Continue reading



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Mr Mom: A Mid-Life Career Change

You might think it unusual that I read parenting magazines; that I know women by their children’s names; and that most women who speak with me are grandmothers – around my own age! However, what you don’t know is that … Continue reading



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