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Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood by Karen Maezen Miller
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“You don't have to wait for happiness, because there's no time but now to be happy. You don't have to go somewhere else, because there's no place but here to find it. You don't have to do something else, because there's nothing more to it. You don't have to get something else, because everything you already have is enough. You just have to be happy. ...”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“Your life is your practice. Your spiritual practice does not occur someplace other than in your life right now, and your life is nowhere other than where you are. You are looking for answers, insight, and wisdom that you already possess. Live the life in front of you, be the life you are, and see what you find out for yourself.”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“The life of a mother is the life of a child: you are two blossoms on a single branch.”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“May you be tired and afraid
overwhelmed and ready to quit.
Quit!
Start over, over
ten thousand times over
roll out, get up, fall down
break into tears
open in laughter
sing and dance
be silly, be glad.
May you forget most things,
remember everything,
come to know in your bones
with your blood
through your eyes
from your lips
out of earth
deep below, well beyond
you are love.
You are just love.
Amen.”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“On a perfect day in your perfect little world (and it's always perfect) there is breakfast time, playtime, lunchtime, nap time, snack time, dinnertime, bath time, story time, and bedtime. There is time for everything when you are the timekeeper.”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“What you call your life is not yours at all--not yours to plan, manipulate, or control, at least not very often. . . . In fleeting moments of deep satisfaction and insight, I saw the absolute truth of life: the unbroken line of love that had led to my existence and would lead on through my daughter. My mother's love, her mother's love, her mother's love, and back and back forever ago. Love that is no mere word, love that goes beyond feeling, love that is life itself. . . . What miracles, what sacrifice, what love! . . . Can you imagine this love? Can you anticipate it, fabricate it, measure and evaluate it? No you can't, you can only be love, and your child will release its magnitude within you.”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“I am talking about something more than just the gauzy circle of life. Sure, you're older now and one day you're going to die, but before that, you have to *die*. Your child has arrived and the battle has been joined. It is the battle to the death of your ego. The demise of your selfishness and impatience. The end of your idle distractions and carelessness. The decline and fall of Numero Uno. Or so you must pray, because in this contest, you must lose or lose quickly. Pray that you will never bear the shattered consequences of winning when your child's safety, trust, and happiness are the casualties.”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“When you go into labor you see that you are not the captain of the ship. You are the ship. There is no captain. There are only the waves.”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“Practice acceptance on yourself so you can be kinder with your child. Practice nonjudgmental awareness of your life so you can save your loved ones from the cruelty of your own impossible standards and your hard-hearted disappointment. Practice greater faith and lesser blame. Take this blink of time when you are still stumbling at the gate, still awkward at the tasks, to turn down the sound and tumble freely in a state of grace. Life”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“We can handle anything when we exchange our worries and fears for alertness and spontaneity, when we focus solely on what is in front of us, and when we leap into the sheer wonder of the unplanned life.”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“Like the road that got you here, the road through parenthood is unmarked. You can’t cruise through it. Sometimes decisions are quick and instinctual, but often they’re not. Doubts and dilemmas block every straightaway. There’s only one directional sign along the way, and it reads, “Why not?”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“At the moment of giving birth to a child, is the mother separate from the child? You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child. —Dogen Zenji, Mountains and Waters Sutra”
Karen Maezen Miller, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood