Momma Zen

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-11-13
  • Publisher: Trumpeter
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Combining humor, honesty, and plainspoken advice, Momma Zen distills the doubts and frustrations of parenting into vignettes of Zen wisdom. Drawing on her experience as a first-time mother, and on her years of Zen meditation and study, Miller explores how the daily challenges of parenthood can become the most profound spiritual journey of our lives. This compelling and wise memoir follows the timeline of early motherhood from pregnancy through toddlerhood. Momma Zen takes readers on a transformative journey, charting a mother's growth beyond naive expectations and disorientation to finding fulfillment in ordinary tasks, developing greater self-awareness and acceptanceto the gradual discovery of "maternal bliss," a state of abiding happiness and ease that is available to us all. "Being a mother is one of the most amazing, miraculous, mysterious, dignifying, and illuminating things you will ever do." In her gentle and reassuring voice, Karen Miller convinces us that ancient and authentic spiritual lessons can be as familiar as a lullaby, as ordinary as pureed peas, and as frequent as a sleepless night. She offers encouragement for the hard days, consolation for the long haul, and the lightheartedness every new mom needs to face the crooked path of motherhood straight on.

Author Biography

Karen Maezen Miller is a mother, wife, writer, and a Zen teacher (dharma holder) in the lineage of the legendary Zen master Taizan Maezumi Roshi. A journalist by training, the author had a twenty-year career as the owner of a marketing and public relations agency. Today she freelances as a business communications consultant, speechwriter, speech trainer, web copywriter, and ghostwriter.

Table of Contents

Author's Note: What Is Zen?p. xi
Crooked Path: How do you go straight on a crooked path?p. 1
Other Mothers: Overwhelmed and uncertain-there's no other kindp. 3
Just Love: The first and last word on the subject of motherhoodp. 9
No Expectation: What not to expect when you're expectingp. 13
Being Unprepared: Now delivering the unplanned portion of your lifep. 20
Life Force: Nothing little about itp. 26
Losing Ground: Dwelling nowhere, raise the mindp. 31
Sing Song: Where lullabies come fromp. 33
Small Failures: There are no mistakes, even the unforgivable onesp. 38
Night Watch: A meditation on sleeplessnessp. 42
Making Change: Things change. How quickly can you?p. 47
Too Tired: No returns or exchanges: fatigue is the gift of the maternalp. 52
No Exit: Open your mind and step freep. 55
Little by Little: Climb the cliff without handsp. 59
About Time: You're the keeperp. 61
Other Toys: Know how to be satisfiedp. 69
Flowers Fall: When bad things happenp. 75
Workloads: Who's the real workhorse in the family?p. 80
Just Eat: Let food be foodp. 85
On and Off: Tuning in to the middle wayp. 91
Self-Discipline: Don't deceive yourselfp. 96
Magic Words: Learning to talkp. 103
Waking Up: Turn the light inwardp. 109
No Trace: They grow up soon enoughp. 111
No Separation: The reality of saying bye-byep. 116
Right Now: Attention, Mom! Can you handle it right now?p. 122
Fresh Start: Always just beginningp. 125
Be Yourself: You're not who you think you arep. 128
Home Again: Every day is a good dayp. 135
You'll Know: Knowing nothing is knowing everythingp. 137
At Ease: The grass grows by itselfp. 142
Tending Garden: Seasons of marriagep. 146
Beyond Words: The timeless voice of lovep. 151
Why Not: No right answers, only a right questionp. 155
Happily After: A wise mother's inheritancep. 162
How to Meditate: Finding a moment in the midstp. 167
For the Hard Days: Where to look for helpp. 171
Creditsp. 173
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