Amy Wright Glenn


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Webinar on Spirituality and Birth

I love weaving together insights drawn from different facets of my life. For example, in my work as a teacher of comparative religion and philosophy, I love sharing tales of birth and reflecting with my students on cross-cultural archetypes of the mother. In my work as a doula, I love supporting a woman’s spiritual or religious practice as she prepares for birth. Doulas are trained to offer extraordinarily helpful comfort measures to women in labor. Doulas acknowledge the profound interplay…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Shifting Spiritual Landscapes

For the last 15 years, I’ve taught comparative religion and philosophy at the college and independent high school level. At some point in every course, inevitably the question arises, “So, what religion do you follow Amy?” Bright eyes accompany this heartfelt inquiry. I also hear cautious curiosity in their voices. Would my students think differently of me if I said I was an atheist, a Mormon, a Muslim, or a Jew? In class, my students compose personal reflections about their…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Mommy and Me Yoga

I taught my first meditation class when I was 19-years-old. Having recently returned from living abroad in Jerusalem and India, I was on fire with the transformative power of meditation. Soon, I added teaching asana to the mix. These are the physical postures for which yoga is famous. In my twenties, I became certified as a Kripalu Yoga teacher. Once I became a birth doula, I added prenatal yoga to my repertoire. For twenty years, I’ve held sacred space for…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Loving-kindness at Thanksgiving

As we move into the Thanksgiving season, the vibrant energy of loving-kindness offers true sustenance. The importance of delicious holiday food pales in comparison to the love of family and friends. The presence of loving-kindness constitutes what matters most around the Thanksgiving table. However, some of us arrive at Thanksgiving celebrations with trepidation in our hearts. Family discord, addictions, secrets, anger, or sadness often turn the potential beauty of this holiday into an unhappily attended obligatory event. Can the experience…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Prenatal Yoga

Originally published in International Doula Magazine. Many pregnant women know that the practice of prenatal yoga asanas (postures) is helpful for in staying in shape through pregnancy and preparing for childbirth. In fact, most of the women in my prenatal yoga classes are entirely new to yoga and are inspired to try these ancient postures because of their pregnancy. There are numerous benefits to such a practice. During my prenatal yoga teacher training, we were told that “it’s never too…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Thresholds: From Doula to Mother

Originally published in International Doula  I write these words as the sun rises across acres of fields in central New Jersey. Tree tops turn pink on this cold December morning. The earth awakens. How blessed we are for her faithful spinning around the sun. I write these words as I enter into the final stretch of pregnancy with skilled and gifted homebirth midwives supporting me along the way. I’ve always been drawn to thresholds, those magical doorways which link worlds…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Celebrating Doulas

Originally published in Holistic Parenting Magazine Aztec elders taught that women who died in childbirth go to the same level of paradise as men who died in battle. After attending over forty births, I fully understood why. Men die in battle from intense wounds. They bleed as they sacrifice for a greater cause. The same holds true for women who die in childbirth. They bleed as they open to life. The juxtaposition of beauty and pain in each birth astounds…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Pristine, Wondrous Happiness

Originally published in Holistic Parenting Magazine My husband stands next to me in the kitchen of our humble south Florida home. Nearby, our 27-month-old son Taber plays with yellow construction trucks. I breathe in the beauty of daily things and begin to clean up after dinner. “Dada look! Crane truck!” Taber shouts. “Yes, look at that crane truck,” my husband responds kindly. Then he sighs. I can tell he’s not fully present. Tired from a day of dealing with administrative…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Choosing Love

A friend of mine was a business tycoon before becoming the victim of a terrible fire. One night while sleeping in his motorhome, propane gas leaked and filled the vehicle. Once ignited, his body was burned and forcefully ejected. Upon arriving to the scene, rescue workers found him dead. Against all odds, they revived him. My friend remembers watching the ensuing drama from a calm vantage point above his body. He remembers an all-enveloping peace surround him. This peace extended…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Book Review “Encountering the Edge”

  In her new “career memoir,” rabbi and hospice chaplain Karen B. Kaplan shares vivid descriptions of her day-to-day experiences of serving the dying and the grieving. Drawing upon a remarkable capacity for listening, a deep appreciation for the human story, and a penchant for “comedy that flirts with sacrilege,” Kaplan navigates the waters of meaning and emotion as she supports those standing at “the edge of the beyond.” The result is a moving and beautiful account of what it…

  • November 28, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn