“If we’re not careful, the lives we’re most devoted to are the lives we don’t have.” With this simple observation, Karen Maezen Miller reminds us that we’re forever chasing the next promising moment in our lives. The problem is, of course, that moment never comes. The most promising moment is always this one. But Ms. Miller’s approach to “be here now,” is not the stuff of meditation halls and monasteries. She’s a wife and mother, who knows what it’s like to dread doing the laundry, and get sick and tired of doing dishes. Ms. Miller brings a real-life sensibility to enlightenment that will have you finding teachers, wisdom, and inspiration all around you as you go through your ordinary day. The result will be a renewed connection to all the relationships in your life that really matter. She explains, “We have an enormous capacity to love one another simply by showing up, and not bringing any of our critical commentary, constructive or otherwise, not judging people, correcting them. This is what love is.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Karen Maezen Miller is a Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles, California.
She is the author of:
- Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood (Trumpeter 2007)
- Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life (New World Library 2010)
To learn more about the work of Karen Maezen Miller go to www.KarenMaezenMiller.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- Why doing things you don’t like to do makes for a much more interesting life
- What is the single most important characteristic of love
- Why your comfort zone often feels so small and narrow
- Why meditation is like learning to ride a horse
- How you may be addicted to fear
- Why you can’t possibly find enough time-and why you don’t need to
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 5/20/2010 Program Number: 3359