I think that if you're going to honor your mother, you should do it every day, not just on a hallmark holiday. And why does conventionally honoring your mother have to be a commercial event? Why spend money on your mom when she'd much rather prefer you honor her every day of your lives by honoring yourself, first.
At least I'd like to think that moms would want that over a pearl necklace or a plate of fancy food.
The divine mother in all of us is Ma, according to yoga traditions. Ma is definitely the kind of mother that expects you to exalt yourself in order to honor Her. Truly, the only way to take care of someone else, especially your mother, is to take care of yourself, first. Ma needs each of us to do this in order for her to shine through.
This divine light inside of all us, whose origin is Ma, can only shine though if we're doing the best we can to honor ourselves. I come from a Korean household where self sacrifice was encouraged...and this was destructive. I see this self sacrifice "for" someone else's benefit as deep fear to own yourself and be the best you can be in order for others to be the best that they can be.
Sigh. This idea of nurturing an offspring or raising anything (pets, plants, etc) (etc?) is complicated. Where does serving yourself to serve others begin and end? Of course I have to mother my kitty and porch garden. But I make sure to meditate daily in order to keep my inner garden flourishing. Happy Mother's Day to me and you, every day.
Mia Park is a ParaYoga teacher in Chicago, IL, specializing in teaching Basic Yoga for Advanced Misfits, as well as teaching people how to cut through the junk to shine on.