Listen to Your Mother

‘The essence of motherhood is not restricted to women who have
given birth; it is a principle inherent in both women and men. It
is an attitude of the mind. It is love — and that love is the very
breath of life. No one would say, ‘I will breathe only when I am
with my family and friends; I won’t breathe in front of my
enemies.’ Similarly, for those in whom motherhood has awakened,
love and compassion for everyone are as much part of their being as

— Amma Chi, also known as Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, is a
spiritual leader and humanitarian who travels the world offering
hugs to millions of spiritual seekers. This quote is from a speech
given at the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and
Spiritual Leaders, October 7, 2002.

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