Friday, September 4, 2009

The Mother's Plunge!

I absolutely devoured the book Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood. One might think that a parenting memoir written by a Zen priest would come off as preachy or self-righteous, but not so! Karen Maezen Miller writes with searing honesty, a clear mind, and a sense of humor that makes each of her experiences easy to relate to. In fact, she's the type of mom you'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with. (Now you have the chance! Keep reading...) Readers quickly discover that Miller is an ordinary person, too—though with a bit of Zen wisdom she beautifully and lovingly imparts on the rest of us. I highly recommend this read to any mother, whether you just gave birth or have older children. Read an excerpt from the book here.

Now here's the good part. Miller is coming to Minnesota to lead a day-long retreat for mothers called the Mother's Plunge! I just purchased my ticket. It will be held in Rochester on Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It's $75 and Miller says we will receive "personal encouragement, spiritual refreshment, easy laughter, beginning meditation, mindfulness practices, and meadow walks." Sounds divine.

So leave the kids with dad, the grandparents, or a friend, and take a day just for you!

Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

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