Tall trees grow in full sun

March 9th, 2009

Still soaked from the shine of your full attention, I offer my thanks to the mothers of Palo Alto and everywhere whose lives met mine at the Mothers Symposium at Stanford on Saturday. Tremendous, great good went into it, and tremendous great good will come.

You’ve inspired me to offer my own retreats, my own programs, as many as I can, wherever I’m asked. Please ask.

And to those of you reading, yes you, who were there: I’m so honored to know you by name.

In gassho.


  1. oh karen, there were more then a few tears shed this weekend that i hadn't been able find my way to you & palo alto this weekend. i'm so happy to read of your inspiration for your own programs and retreats!!!
    you are such a gift.xo

    Comment by Kirsten Michelle — March 9, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

  2. Thank you for joining our mothers symposium, I have added a post about the experience to Teen Health 411 (http://www.healthline.com/blogs/teen_health/2009/03/momma-zen-finding-peace-and-patience.html).


    Comment by Nancy L. Brown, PhD — March 9, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  3. one day (sigh)

    Comment by Wendy — March 9, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  4. Hi Karen,

    I am so glad that at the very last moment I decided to attend the Symposium to see a friend/new mom that I had met during birthing class 5 months ago and had wanted to catch up with since. I didn’t really get a chance to catch up with her, but did get the chance to listen to you, and have an unexpected amazing experience. You were really great, and I am just sorry that my husband wasn’t there as well. I am glad to hear you’ll do retreats… I have already emailed many fellow new moms to let them know… but what you have to say should be called Parent Zen as I am sure dads will also benefit from hearing/reading what you have to say. You made me laugh and cry, and I left with lots of good tips and a great high – THANK YOU!

    I’ll stay tuned,

    Shabnam Parang

    Comment by Shabnam — March 9, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

  5. Thank you, Shabnam, I agree completely. Although I do not want to misrepresent myself as a father (!), I know that my message benefits all parents. Truly it benefits everyone – not because it is Momma Zen, or Daddy Zen, or Parents Zen, but because it is Zen. Just Zen. That’s what I want people to see for themselves.

    Your message lifts me completely.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — March 9, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

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