21 September

Praying Mantis Energy – Mindfulness Focus Words

Praying Mantis as Garden Helper Praying mantises are elusive insects and quite carnivorous. They are a boon in a garden that is overrun with insect pests. But they are indiscriminate and will eat anything that crosses their paths, including other beneficial insects and their mates.  I’ve been in Denver nine years and have never seen… (Read More)

3 September

Dependability – Mindfulness Focus Words

      Cosmos flowers, blooming everywhere in my yard, are the inspiration for this week’s mindfulness focus – dependability. Cosmos are annual flowers that blooms in mid to late summer.  They grow easily and are at home in a wide range of soils.(1) They self seed, meaning they will plant themselves again for the next… (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)

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)

28 May

Making Peace with the Messiness of Gardens & Life

        This week’s mindfulness concept was inspired by the irises blooming in my yard.  When I first moved into my Denver home, a friend offered me iris tubers. I was happy to have them and assumed she was simply thinning hers, which needs to be done periodically. But no… she  told me… (Read More)

21 May

Impermanence – This Week’s Mindfulness Focus Word

    Impermanence is the focus word this week, inspired by the loss of my tiny pears and apples that were just forming on trees. I was relieved two weeks ago when they made it through a severe Denver cold snap. And I wrongly assumed we were over the worst of the cold. During the… (Read More)

14 May

Connectedness

    Connectedness is the mindfulness word for the week.  And gardens are an easy place to begin to contemplate connectedness.  There is a constant flowing of energy between plants, soil (earth), air, sun (fire), and rain (water).  They all work in unison to support life on the planet.  And as humans, we are intimately… (Read More)

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)

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)

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