Book review: Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life (Karen Maezen Miller)

Via on Nov 8, 2010

Most of us live waiting for our lives to start. The thought of “Once I get this or Once I get there then my life will really begin” haunts the thinking of the vast majority of us, and it is this thinking that Miller says is a huge mistake. The lives we are living right now, right here are our “real lives,” dirty laundry and all.

Hand Wash Cold is a warmly written look at the way we live our lives, using common, mundane yet intimate tasks: laundry, cooking, washing the dishes, working in the yard to remind us that even in the midst of the ordinary lies the opportunity to experience the extraordinary. All it takes is for us is to pay attention to our lives, especially the ordinary bits. Calming and introspective, this book will lead you to an appreciation of life, sweaty socks, dirty dishes, and all.

From New World Library and available from your local, independent bookseller. (Shop local, shop independent, and tell ‘em you saw it on Elephant Journal!)


About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 


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