A Promise to My Son

A Promise to My Son
February 25, 2011 Lainie Liberti

“As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. So with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings; radiating kindness over the entire world.”

~The Buddha, Sutta Nipata I, 8 (Metta Sutta)

A Promise.

I recalled a promise I made to Miro as a newborn.

The first few months of Miro’s life, taught me more than my 30 odd years before had ever taught me. As a parent of a newborn, I was spending countless hours holding Miro being present with him, holding his gaze, and communicating through our eyes. Everything I needed to know, the little teacher taught me and as I held him in my arms, his eyes revealed all. I never forgot. His gift could be defined as child-parent bonding, certainly every parent throughout history has had this experience, but this deep connection always marveled me.  I learned how to communicate, connect, bond and be present with another being in a manner in which I had never experienced before in my life. For that I am grateful as much today as I was then.

My promise originated from this experience.

The promise?

To always see the kindness in the world, be present with each and every experience, see life with through the eyes of a newborn and  honor the “oneness” within all of humanity.

And enjoy the journey!!

One year and 8 months into the journey, we are making good on the promise.


  1. Haze 13 years ago


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      ilainie 13 years ago

      Ah, sweet Haze. 🙂 Miro is my purpose for living. I am so grateful he came into my life, makes everything make sense, somehow..

  2. Violeta 13 years ago

    It’s interesting (for me) to see this post. When I came upon your site, what made me bookmark it and following it since was actually this exact promise – which you mentioned in one of your very early posts. You totally spoke to my heart when I read it then and now again. Thanks for sharing your inspiring journey.

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      ilainie 13 years ago

      Violeta, thank you again for reading this & commenting on this. I always revisit, check in with myself and with our lives. I’ve become so much more present through traveling and so much more at peace with our lives. And sometimes I have remind myself as to the crazy paths this wonderful life has brought us. Much love to you and so happy we made this connection!

  3. Lisa Wood 12 years ago

    That is such a gorgeous promise to have for your son, and its so true….we would do anything to protect our children :)nnCheersLisa

  4. Marina K. Villatoro 12 years ago

    It’s funny, my 2 year old when he asks for his milk, he makes me get his bottle, then he makes me go with him to our favorite chair, makes me sit down, take him in my arms, then he slowly gets into my lap and FULLY ENJOYS THE MOMENT of being in my arms and drinking it. 

    He is in no rush to go anywhere, he’s not concerned about later or before. He just wants to be doing this one thing with me. 

    Sometimes he demands it when I’m in the process of working, and take the time out, hoping it will be fast. But then I get caught up in his moment and it’s sooo soo beautiful.

    It really makes me stop and wonder what the hell am I doing most of the time. This is life, right at that moment!

    It’s hard to keep up to that promise, but I think it’s a must!

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