Hand Wash Cold

All practice is the practice of making a turn in a different direction. Toward one thing and away from another: the particulars in any situation don’t matter, because we always know the right way. A different way. With practice, you get better at turning.

Fulfillment derives not from lofty achievements, but from ordinary feats. It arrives not once in a lifetime, but every moment of the livelong day.
– Karen Maezen Miller. Hand Wash Cold

I finished this book today, reading a couple of chapters every night before sleep. I found comfort in its simplicity, its humanity. It made me feel better on the days, like today, when I wonder if I’m doing this all wrong. It helped me to remember that this is my practice right now, this turning toward grief, toward myself, toward life in all its fullness, toward every moment of the livelong day.

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4 Responses to Hand Wash Cold

  1. Today I turned and found you. Thank you.

  2. Tracy says:

    Thank you. Comforting

  3. lisa says:

    thanks for the book suggestion 😉

  4. Lindsey says:

    I adored this book. Loved it. I’m so glad to hear that Karen’s words are a balm to you.

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