VIlma Reynoso

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October Book Review: Hand Wash Cold: care instructions for an ordinary life by Karen Maezen Miller

“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. She 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 relationship, 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!

A bit about the author:

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, visit her website

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