7 August

Return to Center – Mindfulness Focus Words

    Return to Center – this week’s mindfulness focus was inspired by my tiny goji berry plant that is not actually dead. Denver was brutally hot the weeks I was away.  And when I returned all the leaves had shriveled and fallen off.  I chalked it up to one more sad thing. But this… (Read More)

30 July

Small Miracles – Mindfulness Focus Words

      I returned home from Pennsylvania to find my gardens very much alive, in spite of the blazing Denver sun. Thank you to all my wonderful friends and family who were watering.  As I wandered through the gardens, I discovered three tiny pears on my pear tree. And that is  a small miracle…. (Read More)

26 July

Creating Sanctuary – Mindfulness Focus Words

      Grief is like a river. Sometimes it is just meandering, and quietly tugging at your heart.  At other times it is a raging river threatening to capsize the boat. But it seems to me that even in the worst of it, there are places of refuge.  I am so grateful for the… (Read More)

19 July

Sunsets and Endings as a Matter of Perspective

  In a week when I have lost one of the dearest people to me on the planet, writing is again a challenge.  However I know that Sam (1) enjoyed reading my blog posts, most of which were inspired by things the two of us talked about.  So he would be happy to know I… (Read More)

11 July

Motion and Light – Mindfulness Focus Words

    There is a tree across the street from the window I’ve been sitting at for the past few days. It’s actually across the street and behind another house. But it’s a massive tree, maybe 70 feet high, so you notice it right away from the window.  It is not just the size of… (Read More)

2 July

Courage 2.0 – Reaching Deeper With Mindful Focus

Courage is the mindfulness focus word for the week, inspired by borage (Borago officinalis) in flower throughout my yard.  Even though I’ve worked with courage as a focus word already this year, the borage plants and life events are calling me to revisit the concept. About Borage Borage has a strong association with courage.  According… (Read More)

25 June

Seeing with Child Eyes – Mindfulness Focus This Week

  Challenges of Writing I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would create a blog post every Sunday, with a focus on gardens and mindfulness.  It has been a positive endeavor for the most part, but the year has been challenging and some posts have been hard to write just because… (Read More)

18 June

Summer Solstice as Mindfulness Focus

    The obvious choice for this week’s mindfulness focus is the summer solstice, which takes place mid-week.(1) (Although maybe I am just looking for a reason to post a picture of the Stonehenge I created in Minecraft, as I am quite proud of it.) Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and… (Read More)

11 June

Wisdom as Mindfulness Focus

        Wisdom is the mindfulness focus word for the week, inspired by sage ( Salvia officinalis). Sage is flowering now in various places around my yard. The shrubby plant has soft strongly scented leaves and  tiny lipped purplish-blue flowers whorled around many stems.  It is loved by bees and drought tolerant, making… (Read More)

4 June

Mindfully Seeking Quiet Beauty

      Quiet Beauty is the mindfulness concept for the week, inspired by comfrey (Symphytum officinale).  Comfrey is blooming in my garden right now and it is the kind of plant that most people don’t pay attention to.   The world is a pretty loud and noisy place.  The things that get our attention… (Read More)

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