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At Home in the Muddy Water: A Guide to Finding Peace Within Everyday Chaos

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May we exist like a lotus, / At home in the muddy water. / Thus we bow to life as it is.

This verse is an important reminder, says Ezra Bayda, of what the spiritual life is truly about: the willingness to open ourselves to whatever life presents—no matter how messy or complicated. And through that willingness to be open, we can discover wisdom, compassion, and the genuine
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 9th 2004 by Shambhala (first published 2003)
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Feb 08, 2010 Happyreader rated it it was amazing
You have to love a book that's focused on helping you avoid living a substitute life. Bayda has the toughness of his former teacher Charlotte Joko Beck with some of the hard edges smoothed down. He's very clear about the qualities we need to develop in meditation - perseverance, letting the body and mind settle through stillness, clearly seeing and constantly questioning our belief systems, experiencing our emotional distress, and just being with the moment - and how to apply the qualities neede ...more
May 09, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
I really learned a lot from this book. Much of it resonated with issues I'm going through recently. One is my tendency to fill in gaps--sort of creating a set of expectations for others to follow, that I want them to follow, and then becoming disappointed when they don't follow them. In the end I'm the one who created this "person" out of someone else. This idea made me think more about really listening to who people are and accepting them for who they are and not putting other things on them. A ...more
Mar 07, 2010 Shakirah rated it it was ok
It is a little dry for my liking. I was attracted to it by the title and the blurb on the back cover. But some quite beautiful lessons that can be learnt if you are patient enough.

May we exist like a lotus, At home in the muddy water. Thus we bow to life as it is.
Jun 21, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
oi, even the shortest spiritual book takes me months to read. i read a chapter and then take weeks before i can tackle another chapter. but i think this is how a book like this has to be read. as a kind of practice just in the reading! bayda's tone is a bit more didactic and instructional than some of the books i've read. the writing is gentle but firm. not so much lyrical or ecstatic. but he does a great job of laying out a path to awakening as one of practice of being in the present moment, no ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Grace rated it it was amazing
I got this book while browsing my public library in Tulsa, OK
I would recommend this for people who like yoga and looking inside themselves to see who they are more clearly. This book helped me think through some things. I would read a section and then journal about it if the mood struck me. Basically I used this book as a firestarter in my brain to help me look at my life and myself and be honest even though it can be fun to instead wrap my comfy blanket of self-deception around me.
May 03, 2013 Ridgewalker rated it really liked it
This is a nice book to help one understand how the practice of Zen can help them as they walk their path. In this sense one should look at Zen not as a religion to compete with their existing beliefs, but rather a philosophy, a way to help them be more aware of their life as it passes by them.
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Jan 05, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book to show up for you if you are ready to embrace some change in your life. Enlightened but practical and real life.A must re-read.
Feb 19, 2013 Cyberpayanee rated it really liked it
For a small book, it has condensed essense of practical wisdom. A must for meditators and contemplators of any sort. As beginer into contemplation of sorts this was reliable indicator.
Aug 18, 2009 Nancy rated it liked it
Great title, isn't it?

May we exist like a lotus
At home in the muddy water
Thus we bow to life as it is
Aug 22, 2013 Bholdsworth7 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking, practical thoughts on a spiritual practice - the book helped me refine my process and thinking about why and how I could integrate it into my life - an excellent read
Nov 07, 2008 Hayley rated it really liked it
A favorite Zen book, the one i return to regularly.
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Mar 10, 2010 Cher Johnson rated it really liked it
Ezra is a zen teacher of mine. I found this book very clear and will revisit it. He reminds us that life is messy, and everything is a path to practice. He reminds us to pay attention to our living.
Nov 18, 2015 Siobhan rated it it was ok
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Meh. Sometimes New Age philosophy gets to strut around with the label "Buddhism" or "Zen". Wasn't my cup of tea.
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“Our core beliefs need to be seen for what they are: deeply held assumptions about reality that our particular life circumstances have conditioned us to accept as absolute truth.” 2 likes
“To avoid experiencing the anxious quiver at the core of our being, where we might feel the chaos of uncertainty or the pain of unhealed wounds, we weave a protective cocoon of beliefs and identities.” 1 likes
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