Nature’s Child

“Your children are not your children,” wrote the Lebanese poet Kahil Gibran, “They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself…You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

It is a quote I like, not only because – having raised four children on my own – I believe it to be just about the most accurate description of parenthood I have ever come across, but also because it emphasizes the `lightness’ which develops when you give up trying to be perfect and come to trust the processes of Nature – in feeding, in healing, in guiding you and your child towards what is best for his or her development at any moment in time.

Like the seed of a plant which has encoded within its genetic material the characteristics that will in time produce the full-grown flower, every baby comes into this world carrying a package of as yet unrealized but incredibly rich potential.

Within each child is nestled his or her very own brand of unique seedpower encompassing far greater physical, creative and spiritual potential than he or she could realize in ten lifetimes.

Your child is like the brush stroke the zen painter uses to represent one leaf on a shaft of bamboo. The leaf he paints is totally singular – like no leaf that has ever existed. Yet within this uniqueness is encompassed universal beauty and life energy of the highest order.

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4 Comments

  • Erwin Alber July 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Hi Leslie – you published an excellent book called ‘Nature’s Child some years ago. This little gem unfortunately went out of print and has to my knowledge never been reprinted. .I was wondering why this book is not available any more Leslie and whether you plan to reprint it sometime in the future?

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    • Leslie Kenton July 15, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Dear Erwin…What a wonderful query you have sent me. Nature’s Child is one of my favorite books… I wrote it with great passion. It did go out of print a few years ago I think because booksellers never knew where to put it in their shops…with the baby care books or the Lk health books. We very much plan to update the book and publish as an e-book within the next six months…Your lovely comment has only made me more determined to get this done… Thank you so much… Leslie x

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      • karen May 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Dear Leslie

        Like Erwin I loved ‘Nature’s Child’ and dipped into it regularly when my children (now 22 and 17) were young. I’ve been searching for a copy for a friend who is about to have her first baby and am delighted to hear you’re planning to re-publish in e-book format. To be honest I think it may have been a book ahead of its time and I’m sure it would be appreciated by a whole new generation of parents. Wishing you every success with this endeavour.

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  • Leslie Kenton June 27, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Dear Karen..How kind of you to write about Nature’s Child. It was a book that I felt passionate about. The picture on the cover by the way is of Aaron when he was a child.) The sales of the book never did well I think because book sellers didn’t know whether to put it with the general Kenton books on health or in the area of the store that held books specific to childbirth and child rearing. Your note has inspired me. I must get busy by the end of the year to create it anew since there is such a need for books on natural childrearing and so much more destructive interference in relation to child rearing that there was when the first version of the book was published. Meanwhile your friend can get a copy of the original book from Amazon.com. Here is the link to it. I send you every blessing… Leslie x
    http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Child-Nourish-Protect-Gentle/dp/0091778360

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