“Change your perspective, and the most ordinary things take on expressible beauty.”  – Karen Maezen Miller

Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read on the simplicity and beauty of all of life is Karen Maezen Miller’s, Hand Wash Cold: care instructions for an ordinary life!

Simply, Ms. Miller uses the metaphor of tending to the laundry, the kitchen, and the yard as explanations of how we can successfully maneuver through the idiosyncrasies, pain, and albeit joy in life, every day and every moment.

Household chores and caregiving tasks become opportunities for self-examination, lessons in relationships, and liberating moments of selflessness. Miller’s brilliant piece of prose explains how attending to daily tasks with awareness and a loving, open heart, will lead us to fall in love with our lives.

This sounds a bit strange, I know, but Miller has a point: if these chores are part of our lives, why not make the most of the time spent doing them?

I highly recommend Hand Wash Cold: care instructions for an ordinary life to anyone seeking peace in their lives, wondering how to better use their time spent on chores, and those who love metaphorical writing. Karen’s prose is first-rate!

A bit about the author, Karen Maezen Miller:

Karen Maezen Miller headshot

Karen Maezen Miller is a Zen Buddhist priest and sensai, a wife, a mother, and an expert “laundress.” She is also the author of the book, Momma Zen. She teaches at Hazy Moon Zen in Los Angeles and at workshops and retreats around the country.

To learn more about Karen Maezen Miller or to purchase this fabulous book, visit KarenMaezenMiller.com.

Posted by:Vilma Reynoso

Vilma Reynoso, aka Vilms, is a writer, gardening aficionado, and whole-food enthusiast who writes about the human experience, human rights, self-growth, and various subjects. Her passion is to inspire others to live their best lives for a kinder, more compassionate world. To learn more about Vilma, visit her website, www.vilmareynoso.com.

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