Everyday Sacred: A Woman's Journey Home

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Sue Bender takes the lessons she learns in her own life to weave a stunningly warmhearted story of our universal quest to live each day more fully.

Her struggle is one keenly felt in today’s intensely pressured and time-starved world: how can we experience our lives fully in whatever we are doing at the moment – whether cleaning the kitchen, faced with a situation that frustrates us, or momentarily exhilarated by some new fortune that’s befallen us. Inspired by the image of the empty ‘begging bowl’ that Zen monks would start each day with to solicit enough food to nourish and sustain them, Bender discovers for herself – and shows us in the process – how to find that which is ‘just enough’ to fill our lives each day. The lessons along Bender’s path of ‘doubt and hope’ reveal that each step is a place to learn and that ‘we can seek the sacred everywhere – in our homes, in our daily activities, and hardest to see, in ourselves’.

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WITH SIMPLE SHIFTS OF PERCEPTION, EACH OF US CAN FIND THE SACRED IN EVERY DAY.

Like the vibrant yet simple quilts that led her to live within the Amish community and to write about the experience in her bestselling book 'Plain and Simple', the empty begging bowl is the powerful, inspirational symbol in Sue Bender's 'Everyday Sacred'. In the tradition of the begging bowl, she discovers a simple, profound wisdom we can all live by. Just as a Zen monk goes out each morning with an empty bowl in his hands and accepts whatever is placed in the bowl that day as his nourishment, so can we start each day afresh and find, at the end of the day, that extraordinary things have come our way.

Filled with the people, stories, and experiences that found their way into Bender's own bowl, 'Everyday Sacred' teaches us that each step along life's journey is a miraculous opportunity to learn. Whatever we are doing- whether meditating, weeding a garden, serving coffee in a busy coffee bar, or listening to a friend- can be done with our full attention and love. It is these small acts that make every day sacred.

Sue Bender is an accomplished artist, author, and much sought-after lecturer worldwide.

"Reading 'Everyday Sacred', I felt as if I had spent an evening in lively conversation with Sue, searching for meaning through a variety of experiences, with myriad friends, and finding it at every turn"
WHITNEY OTTO, author of 'How to Make an American Quilt'

"It moved my whole being, seeped into my skin. Yes, I said, Yes. And the illustrations!…They're wonderful"
NATALIE GOLDBERG, author of 'Banana Rose'

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Sue Bender is an accomplished artist and former therapist. A much sought-after lecturer nationwide, she lives in Berkeley, CA.

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