7 May

Duality – Hummingbird Hawk Moths, Hornworms, and the Nature of Reality

      Duality is my intentional focus word this week.  Duality is that concept that polar opposites are part of the same whole. But more than that, they are intimately related and give rise to the other. In the yin-yang symbol of Chinese philosophy, the white part of the symbol has a dot of black… (Read More)

30 April

Warmth – Intentional Focus Word Experiment – Week 18

      Warmth is what I am intending for my garden and it is the focus word for the week. I had planned to write about lemon balm or comfrey, both coming up abundantly in the garden.  That was sidetracked by the spring snow yesterday and the 23 degree evening temperatures, which put buds… (Read More)

23 April

Earth – Mindfulness Focus Words – Week 17

      Earth – the ground we walk on – the only home we have – the place all sustenance springs from.  Earth – a small rock, teeming with life, floating through infinite space.  With Earth Day celebrations throughout the week, it was an easy pick for this week’s mindfulness focus. There are all kinds… (Read More)

16 April

Prickly Gifts – Inspired by Stinging Nettles – Mindfulness Focus Words – Week 16

    If you’ve encountered stinging nettles by accident while walking or gardening, the word gift is probably not the first thing that pops into your head. Tiny stinging hairs cover the plant and brushing against them releases the plant’s venom.  The sting contains formic acid, the same chemical as a bee sting, and can… (Read More)

9 April

Garden – Mindfulness Focus Word Experiment – Week 15

    I returned to my garden yesterday after a rather grueling work trip.  Last week’s focus on “fascinating”  was extremely helpful while I was away.  But returning home to my garden immediately improved my mood.  It was like coming home to a surprise party of plants.  In seven days, the espalier apple and miniature… (Read More)

2 April

Fascinating – Mindfulness Focus Word – Week 14

      My focus word this week is “fascinating”.  We tend to reserve that word for things that attract or intrigue us.  Fractals, for example, with their never ending patterns, grab our attention and hold it.  “They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop.”(1)  Think about… (Read More)

26 March

Listening – Mindfulness Focus Words – Week 13

Listening with Intention Listening is the mindfulness focus word this week. It may seem like the easiest thing in the world and at first glance it appears that not much effort is required. Yet mindful listening is not a passive activity. Instead, we are actively participating but in a quiet and intentional way.  Although there… (Read More)

19 March

Balance – Mindfulness Focus Word Experiment Week 12

Balance is the Mindfulness Focus this week. Spring arrives at 4:28 AM Mountain Time on Monday March 20th.(1)  And although spring can represent newness to many people, it’s very much about balance. Consider this – As we circle around the sun, the two equinoxes (spring and fall) are the counterpoints to the winter and summer… (Read More)

12 March

Be Like Water – Mindfulness Focus Experiment Week 11

  Be Like Water “Be Like Water” is the mindfulness focus for the week.  Water is a fluid, powerful shape-shifter.  It is  a finder of easiest paths and yet powerful enough to wear away mountains. Water gives life, connects everything on the planet, and without it our planet would be barren.  So if we are… (Read More)

5 March

Dandelion Resilience – Mindfulness Focus Week 10

Dandelion Resilience Resilience, the ability to bounce back from adversity, is  the mindfulness practice word for the week.  The goal is to intentionally notice resilience in ourselves, others, and the world.  I can’t think of a better example of resilience in the plant world than dandelions. And with Denver’s recent 60 degree days, I’ve sighted… (Read More)

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