Reading used to be my great escape from the pressures of real life. Since we hopped on the autism train, I have had very little time to read for pleasure. I'm still reading a lot, but it almost always involves books on treating autism. Needless to say, it is hardly the escape I used to enjoy.
I decided to indulge in a book for me and picked up a copy of A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. It only took a few seconds for me to connect the author's lesson to autism. So, I did not quite escape the reality of autism in my life while reading this book, but it most definitely helped me learn how to better manage life affected by ASD.
For those struggling with a new diagnosis, A New Earth reminds us to live in this moment. For many of us, that means letting go of dreams we once had for our children. For others, it may help ease the chronic worry that comes with raising a child with special needs. For me, it has brought about more enjoyment in spending time with my children. I am able to focus on them completely and stop worrying about what I haven't gotten done yet...what a blessing!
There are a multitude of complex emotions that come with the autism diagnosis. A New Earth is a fantastic tool in helping to navigate it all. I highly recommend this book.