Albeit a commercial one Mother's Day is a great reminder for me of the role of Mothering - which of course these days is often performed by Aunties, Sisters, adopted Mothers, Step Mothers, Carers, Fathers - essentially to my mind anyone embracing the role of support in a feminine way (just my definition please feel free to disagree!).
My mother passed away in 2012 and Mother's day is a bitter sweet commemoration these days. Grateful memories of my Mother coexist with continuing grief for the loss of her. My thoughts turn to those who through the loss of Mothers or children find this day challenging.
Broadening our definitions of roles like Mother and Father can be quite liberating. Being a parent means so much in addition to having and raising babies.
Of course mothering goes on all around us and I'm grateful for those lovely Mums around and the great support and energy they bring.
The traditions of Chinese Medicine often draw on the imagery of Mothers to explain phenomena around us. In Shiatsu one hand is stationary and supporting (the "Mother") whilst the other hand works (paradoxically it isn't called the "Father"); both are vital to achieving an outcome. In Chinese Medicine it can be said the Kidneys are the Mother of Liver energy signifying that Kidney energy is used to support Liver function.
Whatever the explanation, my strongest association with Mothers is the warmth of a hug, a soft place to retreat when life gets too big for a child and the understanding that someone, at least, is on your side...