bring your life to life

April 21st, 2014

When you see your life, you bring it to life.

Paradise in Plain Sight is now available from online sellers and will soon be in neighborhood stores. Please share this video glimpse into my home and garden via Facebook or Twitter, and then leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the very first signed copy.

If you are reading this in your email, click here to see the video.

I will notify the winner by Monday, April 28.



  1. Karen, I desperately need a vacation. So I have decided I will vacation at your home, in your backyard, where I will simply sit and breathe for seven full days. OK, and maybe read your new book. I’ll be very quiet. You won’t know I’m there.

    Comment by Carol — April 21, 2014 @ 11:27 am

  2. No FB or Twitter, but a post on my blog:
    With all my love, always!

    Comment by Roos — April 22, 2014 @ 2:25 am

  3. Karen, your lovely garden, your lovely book. I was way excited when I got my copy last week. I am thoroughly enjoying each moment of reading and know I will be reading it again and again. Thank you!

    Comment by tami — April 22, 2014 @ 4:28 am

  4. Done, on facebook and already on my blog a couple of days ago
    Love, Flor

    Comment by florencia — April 22, 2014 @ 4:33 am

  5. Either way, I will read your new book, to have a signed copy would be special…so I will hope.
    Thank you for your offering.

    Comment by MJ — April 22, 2014 @ 7:04 am

  6. Lovely garden and words. I look forward to reading this book.

    Comment by Rachel — April 22, 2014 @ 9:43 am

  7. Your garden is so beautiful. I’m very excited to read this book and a signed copy would be so very awesome!

    Comment by Misty — April 22, 2014 @ 11:44 am

  8. I love this book.

    Comment by marcea — April 23, 2014 @ 5:08 am

  9. Looking forward to reading this book! 🙂

    Comment by ivy honeylou mendero — April 23, 2014 @ 5:25 am

  10. I can’t wait to read your new book. You always inspire me.

    Comment by Brooke Rakow — April 23, 2014 @ 6:30 am

  11. Thankyou for a beautiful video and for the many blessings you offer. Love and light.x

    Comment by jay — April 23, 2014 @ 8:29 am

  12. I fell into your wisdom quite by accident, and it has been life-changing serendipity. I have a small collection of signed books and would be honored to have one of yours to add to it. Regardless, I will at some point own and savor this new book.

    Comment by Joan Hill — April 23, 2014 @ 8:33 am

  13. Shared. I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on your new book!

    Comment by Shelby — April 23, 2014 @ 11:11 am

  14. I also want to tell you that your words change me, help me to help myself calm down and breathe. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

    Comment by Shelby — April 23, 2014 @ 11:13 am

  15. I feel like I have been away too long from your words. Always bringing me back to focus, to remember what it is to be here, now.

    Thank you

    Comment by Jude Smith — April 23, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

  16. By the way, I would love to share this on Facebook or Twitter, but alas, I do not use either of these outlets. I am, unfortunately, one of those who survive with email only.

    Despite that, I would love to win a signed copy of your book.

    Comment by Jude Smith — April 23, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

  17. Your words resonate with my soul. Thank you for being a part of my world Maezen.

    Comment by Timmiera — April 23, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

  18. Lovely. It’s always where we are.

    Comment by John Thiels — April 23, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

  19. Thank you for your love and spirit . Thank you for you. Looking forward to reading this book as I have enjoyed your others so much 🙂

    Comment by Heather Alaspa — April 23, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

  20. I cannot wait to read this….:)

    Comment by Stephanie — April 23, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

  21. I simply cannot wait to hold a copy in my hands! xo

    Comment by Christine LaRocque — April 23, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

  22. Looking forward to reading the book.

    Comment by Ranya — April 23, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

  23. Karen,

    Each of your books have spoken so deeply to my heart. I love your words and the way you string them together. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.


    Comment by Jennifer Belthoff — April 23, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

  24. Shared on FB and twitter. Love this line: “Colors with no names because I wasn’t naming them; beauty beyond measure because I wasn’t measuring it.” We often don’t see or experience a lot of life because we are to busy photographing it or thinking about it.

    Comment by Carolyn — April 23, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

  25. Magical Maezen…thank you for these moments in your garden…looking forward to savoring your book …sending much love to you!!!!

    Comment by Eva Brune — April 23, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

  26. Shared on fb. Love the video! I am sure I will love the book!

    Comment by Daniela — April 24, 2014 @ 4:34 am

  27. Ever since I came back to gardening, a part of me has known that there is nothing more important than tending to the task at hand. I had forgotten completely, I had gotten lost.

    Thank you for reminding me of this, and thank you for another book full of wisdom and guidance.

    Comment by Christiane — April 24, 2014 @ 4:55 am

  28. Have loved your last 2 books and bought a few to pass to friends. Love following your messages all the time. Can’t wait to read this book and maybe see you again. You came to DC years ago and the meditation you taught was wonderful. Helped me teach but more importantly helped me when I was in the hospital. Thank you so much.

    Comment by Paige Lichens — April 24, 2014 @ 7:41 am

  29. My personal copy is on order at a local bookstore. I really would like this copy for my local library. OK, I admit I’ll keep the autographed copy for me. I’ll give the one I ordered to the library.

    Comment by Suzi Ragsdale — April 24, 2014 @ 7:44 am

  30. Just got the book yesterday but a signed copy would be a treat…and then I would gift this to someone else. Lovely to spend some time in your garden. Hope to visit some day. Thank you for everything.

    Comment by Sharon Rosen — April 24, 2014 @ 10:05 am

  31. I have a signed copy of Hand Wash Cold, from your retreat in Seattle. I would love to add a signed copy of your latest book! Just in case, I have ordered, but have to wait a while here in Canada, so I am using the time to think of who I could donate the extra copy to. During an extended time of trauma and upheaval, and existential angst, your calm, encouraging words and wisdom have helped me slowly move forward towards a greater happiness and ease in life. And I often imagine walking in your beautiful garden, absorbing the sounds and smells and sights! Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Jill Hamilton — April 24, 2014 @ 11:02 am

  32. I’m working on and in my very own garden, both physically and metaphorically, thank you for the inspiring words.

    Comment by Tracey white — April 24, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

  33. Tending many beautiful gardens here, and remembering time spent walking in yours.

    Comment by Jena — April 25, 2014 @ 6:01 am

  34. I think your book Momma Zen is invaluable, because it gives you the perspective to stop reading parenting books. It’s the best baby shower gift! I’m delighted to learn that there are more of your books to enjoy.

    Comment by Juniper — April 25, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

  35. I just moved to a house and inherited a backyard garden. I’m watching it come to life this spring with excitement and awe, wondering what new shape the space out my window will take from day to day. I love the discoveries of new trees budding and scraggly vines that are suddenly showing tiny purple flowers. I have no idea what any of it is or even how to care for it yet. But I am savoring this awakening. My ability to approach this beautiful mess is influenced by how you have written about your own garden on this blog. And now this video. Thank you for your perspective; it is keeping me present. Excited to read this book!

    Comment by Jill — April 26, 2014 @ 4:20 am

  36. Hi Karen, Thanks for taking time to notice and helping others to see. No book necessary. 🙂 Peace & Love…

    Comment by Steven — April 26, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

  37. I would be honored to receive a signed copy of your book. Thank you!

    Comment by Johanna Nichols — April 27, 2014 @ 2:54 am

  38. Congratulations Karen! Thank you for sharing your words and inspiring insight!

    Comment by Demetra — April 27, 2014 @ 7:13 am

  39. I can only get it from mid-June over here.
    Momma Zen is the only book on parenting I recommend to new mothers (and often my gift when I hear that one of my friends is pregnant). I read it when I was pregnant with my second child and so wish I did with my first. Hand Wash Cold has helped me love all of my life a little bit more, even the parts I struggle with. I can’t wait to read what this one brings.

    Comment by Jelena — April 27, 2014 @ 8:55 am

  40. Since I’ve watched the video the first time, I play it on a daily base. It brings me to ease, to listen to your voice, to watch your garden. Next step will be reading the words.
    I’ve discovered your blog via Roos. I’m thankful for that.

    Have a nice day,
    Ann Maesen

    Comment by ann maesen — April 28, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

  41. Somehow I missed this before now. I love it. The thing you said about how when you are working, all you want to do is finish, and when you are finished, all you want to do is keep going? It made me smile with recognition. As did seeing and hearing you talk. Now that I have this image of you, I really must read Paradise again. Thank you…

    Comment by Clare — May 14, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

  42. Watched the video twice already.Got my book and read in one day.Will be back many times and will buy more for gifts,(what a precious gift!)This book is a meditation and I think that’s mostly how I will use it. Any chapter will be the one I need in the moment then I’ll close my eyes and sit in your garden a while. Thank you for continuing to enrich the garden of my soul. Blessings……

    Comment by daisy marshall — May 16, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

  43. Will see you at Kripalu and remind you that we met years ago in the woods of NH at Squam.

    Comment by linda — May 26, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

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