Lessons from Grace

Lessons from Grace

What a Baby Taught Me about Living and Loving

Uma Girish


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Lessons from Grace by Uma Girish is a one-of-its-kind book. Here, the author talks about learning mindfulness and the art of living from a toddler.

'All children are born geniuses, and we spend the first six years of their lives degeniusing them.'
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

When Uma, a forty-something mother of a college sophomore, was asked to nanny her friends' daughter, Grace, little did she know that she was about to begin an extraordinary journey.
A baby arrives here as a pure being. Not yet marked by cultural and social conditioning, they bring a sense of sacredness to our lives. This was the author's experience. Through Grace, she is reminded of what is truly important in her life. More importantly, she also learns to navigate an increasingly complex world using the values of simplicity, joy, and presence--as babies do.
Watching Grace brings her many lessons, like how the baby surrenders her entire being to a multicolored rattle by living in the present. The author relearns the art of living by aligning with the values this baby teaches her.
The sublime prose of this book will shift your world view and encourage you to be present to the magic of everyday life as you reconnect with the simple but profound treasures of curiosity and wonder.


Uma Girish:
Uma Girish is a grief guide and award-winning author. She guides women who are moving through transition, whether it is the death of a loved one or the loss of a dream, and helps them find purpose through her workshops and private coaching programs. Her previous books include Understanding Death: 10 Ways to Inner Peace for the Grieving and Losing Amma, Finding Home: A Memoir About Love, Loss and Life's Detours. Uma co-founded the International Grief Council in 2015 and also facilitates storytelling and life enrichment groups in senior living communities. She currently lives in Chicago.