18 February

Circle of Influence – Contemplating Our Reach

          The mindfulness focus this week is circle of influence…contemplating  the reach of our actions and what if anything we can do to change the world.  Sadly this is not inspired by the garden, but instead by the ongoing gun violence in this country. It is easy to be overwhelmed by… (Read More)

21 January

Accepting Uncertainty

    Children’s books often perfectly capture the human experience. In the Frog and Toad story The Garden, Toad admires Frog’s garden and then plants some seeds of his own. Toad waters the garden and then begins to obsess about when the seeds will come up.  He paces, worries, sings, and shouts at the seeds, which… (Read More)

7 January

Garden Catalogs, Seed Lust, & Accepting Limitations

  Spring is Coming I know it is super cold in much of the country, but there are sure signs of spring if we are paying attention.  The minutes of sunlight are increasing each day and seed catalogs are arriving in the mail. If you are not a gardener, it might be hard to understand… (Read More)

17 December

Leaning Into Darkness

      Arguing With Winter I am not a fan of winter or the darkness that accompanies it. The sun sets in Denver just after 4:30 PM this week, making for a very long night.  And although the weather can be balmy here when the sun is up, temperatures can plummet twenty degrees after… (Read More)

15 November

Showing Up – This Week’s Mindfulness Focus

    Green organisms respond quickly to small changes in soil, water, sun, and wind. They also respond to other plants and insects by changing their own chemistry. Often this is instantaneous.  It is hard to imagine what it would look like for a plant to not show up or be present.  They don’t have… (Read More)

29 October

Tenacity – Mindfulness Focus Words

      Tenacity is the mindfulness focus word for the week – the ability to hang on through numerous set-backs.  It is inspired by the few plants in my garden that are just persisting despite the frost, cold, and winter on the way. Calendula is one of those tenacious plants. Calendula is an annual,… (Read More)

24 October

Rest As Mindfulness Focus

    Rest As a Natural Cycle Red and golden leaves are falling from trees, seed pods have formed on annuals, and plants are hunkering down for the winter. For gardens in the colder regions of the country, we are entering a time of rest.  There is a natural cycle to this that plants don’t… (Read More)

8 October

Change as Mindfulness Focus

      75 degrees is the high today in Denver, but it will change to cold and snow overnight.  I’ve pulled in all the green tomatoes, green beans, and basil, and covered hardier plants with frost cloth. Gardeners constantly have their eyes on the weather and know that it can be unpredictable, with quick… (Read More)

3 October

Hope In Action

  Hope in Action is the mindfulness focus this week, inspired by seeds forming on fading garden plants. I think there are more seed heads than flowers in the garden right now.  Cosmos, calendula, echinecea, marigolds, sunflowers, and zinnias…seeds are everywhere. Seeds always seem hopeful to me. They represent new life even as the plant… (Read More)

28 September

Embracing What Is

      Embracing What Is – that’s the mindfulness focus for the week. Dreary Days in Denver A run of cold dreary days has marked the beginning of fall in Denver. With the passing of the equinox last week, came clouds, grey, and rain. This is not the usual weather for Denver, where even in… (Read More)

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