The Real Deal


I have been an aikido and meditation practitioner for many years and have been fortunate to practice in locations around the USA.  Unfortunately, I have become pretty picky about where — and with whom — I practice.  My personal shorthand for teachers whose practice speaks to me — with gratitude  — is “the real deal.”

Author Karen Maezen Miller is a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles. Her book, Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden, was written from the soul and clearly from a place of joy.

Her book moved me toward greater appreciation that my home is where I am and I have what I need. I was better able to realize the magnitude of the gift of this life I’ve been given …and it’s mine alone to live. “What goes into sitting isn’t pretty, but after a while it becomes  beautiful” struck a chord and helped soften my heart just a little more.

Her description of the beauty of her pond being that “it’s muddy” allows me more latitude to deal with what’s in front of me right now, in this moment and any other. It helps to ease up on the ‘being perfect’ expectations.

I am delighted to say that, in my not so humble opinion, Maezen and her books are the real deal. Savor and enjoy.


2 Responses to “The Real Deal”

  1. Kurt Carlstedt Says:

    I concur heartily! Paradise in Plain Sight is a pure jewel, and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to live a more complete life by simply being aware of it. Thanks for your blog too. It’s where I first picked up on Karen Maezen Miller’s work.

  2. Thanks – I’m heading to the bookstore!

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