From Publishers Weekly
Miller (Momma Zen
) uses daily household chores—laundry, kitchen, yard—to demonstrate timeless Buddhist principles. The skillful weaving of personal anecdotes, a few Zen terms, and acute insights—sometimes addressing the reader directly—distinguish this book from others in the genre. Miller, a Zen priest and student of the late Maezumi Roshi, argues for the faultless wisdom of following instructions when going about the mundane activities that form the substance of everyday life. Candid about some of the difficulties of her past, Miller stresses the importance of changing perceptions, which can lead to more beneficial outcomes for oneself and others: All practice is the practice of making a turn in a different direction. The book wears its Zen lightly; indeed, Miller skates over the years of study—as well as the decision to become a priest—that undoubtedly ground her current perspectives. By choosing to focus on the conclusions rather than the process of her Zen journey, Miller has tilted her writing more toward self-help/advice than spirituality/religion. This disarming book is full of deft and reassuring observations. (May 7)
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Miller's homey examples help readers visualize and feel, rather than intellectualize, the message she's trying to impart. A good starting tool for those seeking an alternative to both traditional self-help psychology and spiritual practices.”
A direct reminder that wakefulness lurks in the moments of everyday life, whether they are completely joyful or completely a mess.”
Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
Ever found yourself up to your elbows in the messy stuff of your own everyday life and wondered, Is this all there is?’ Karen Maezen Miller answers that age-old question with a resounding Yes.’ Read this deceptively simple, deeply wise little book not to change your life but to fall quietly, unequivocally back in love with the life you already have.”
Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day
Hand Wash Cold is Eat, Pray, Love without all the scurrying from something.
Exceedingly wise and gentle, this book reminds us of the precious lives we’ve already been given and whispers, Quit looking someplace else.’”
Elissa Elliott, author of Eve: A Novel