The Mother’s Gaze

The Mother’s Gaze: How We Learn to Trust and Love
May, 2016


You learn the world from your mother’s face. The mother’s eyes, especially, are a child’s refuge, the mirror where children confirm their existence. From the doting reflection of its mother’s eyes, a baby draws its earliest, wordless lessons about connection, care, and love, and how being ignored – which every child is sooner or later – makes the good feeling disappear. In this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum, we’ll be exploring the importance of “the meeting eyes of love,” and how our earliest lessons in love come to shape our emotional lives, including the ability to be empathic. We discuss how “the mother’s gaze” empowers us to take risks, trust ourselves, and feel secure in relationship to others later on.

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Guest Interview with Dr. Gabor Mate

Dr. Gabor Mate

Gabor MateDr. Gabor Mate is a renowned speaker and bestselling author known for his expertise on a wide range of topics, including childhood development, addiction, and stress. Born in Hungary in 1944, he survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Canada, where he was a physician in private practice for many years, before turning his sights to public policy in the treatment of addiction and childhood learning disorders. He has won numerous awards for his visionary work, including the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, and has written several bestselling books, including In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionWhen the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress, and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Originals and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Mate resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.