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Meditative Story

Navigating life in my own skin

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Zen Buddhist
Sitting in the back seat of the family Buick on a road trip, a 5-year-old Zenju Earthlyn Manuel (now a writer, artist and Zen priest) keeps an eye out for cowboys and dreams of the Wild West. In the front seat, her parents sit, tensely navigating an altogether different landcase. It’s 1957 and they’re winding their way from LA to Louisiana, and a wrong turn, an absent-minded stop to stretch their legs could mean so much more than just getting lost. In navigating this trip, Zenju learns more than just how to get from place to place: she learns how to find her way in the world, in her skin.

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