16 March

For Beverly – Planting Seeds of Joy

    Last year on March 18th, my good friend Beverly passed away. It was shocking and disorienting as Beverly seemed unstoppable to me. Even though she’d been born with a serious physical disability, she didn’t let that slow her down. She used a motorized wheel chair and you really needed to stay out of… (Read More)

20 February

Winter Mandalas

This moment and this moment and this next moment….that’s what we have. These moments make up our lives, and yet we seem to be wired to be anywhere but in this present moment. Certainly more than at any time in our history, the information on meditation and mindfulness is readily available and yet people struggle… (Read More)

12 May

Listening as Mindfulness Practice

Hearing is a sensory experience – waves of energy flowing over our eardrums and lighting up our brains. Listening involves some action on our part as we try to decode the incoming message. Mindful listening is deep attentiveness to the moment by moment unfolding of energy and what it all means. Like most mindfulness practices,… (Read More)

27 January

Creating a Pattern Language of Wellness and Sustainability

What do forest gardens and peer run recovery centers have in common? • Both are innovative ideas • Both are phrases that help us envision new patterns and possibilities On forest gardens 1 Recently, while in Helena, Montana I visited the future home of the city’s Forest Garden.2 This will be a public park planted… (Read More)

20 December

On Winter Solstice

The celestial tipping point that is winter solstice happens on Saturday, December 21st at exactly 10:11 AM Mountain Time. (See other time zones below.) As our home planet journeys around the sun, it tilts on its axis so that those of us living north of the equator are leaning away from the sun. It has… (Read More)

23 November

The Magic of NANOWRIMO

The Magic of NANOWRIMO Nestled neatly between the end of gardening season and the beginning of the holidays is NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month. It is a marathon in which writers challenge themselves to complete 50,000 words in thirty days. This is my second year of writing for NANOWRIMO, and although it makes the month… (Read More)

28 October

On language and mindfulness

Label a plant a medicinal herb or label it a weed and very different images appear in our minds. Label a person as someone in recovery or a person who is mentally ill and again, different images appear that open or shut doors to our understanding. It is not simply the images that are different…. (Read More)

29 September

Harvest

As I write this post I am watching the chickadees hanging upside down on sunflower heads picking out the last seeds. The pumpkin vines and most of the rest of the garden plants are dying back; although the sunchokes, zinnias and cosmos are putting on a last enthusiastic show. The angle of the sun is… (Read More)

24 August

Finding our lost pieces

Finding our lost pieces

Recovery is the practice of finding and claiming the lost pieces of ourselves.[1] I love this definition because, even though recovery is often seen as belonging to mental health or addiction issues, this statement applies to everyone.  Seriously, do you know anyone who hasn’t lost parts of themselves as they have moved through life?   Love,… (Read More)

27 July

Garden Mandalas

The plant designs in the photos were created as part of a mindfulness garden games workshop I led on July 12th  at the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium here in Denver (It was sponsored by the American Horticultural Society.)   The designs are a type of mandala,  a centering device used in  traditional meditation. There is… (Read More)

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