18 October

Heart Centered Focus

      Hawthorne  berries(1) are brightening up my back yard at a time when many other plants have faded away. The tiny apple like berries all all about heart healing and so have provided inspiration for this week’s mindfulness focus…heart centered awareness. Western herbalists have used Hawthorne as a heart tonic for centuries.  The… (Read More)

13 September

Half Empty-Half Full Conundrum – Mindfulness Focus Words

    Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full? My usual “pumpkinpalooza”, as my grand-daughter Amanda calls it, did not materialize this summer.  My time spent in Pennsylvania and my distracted-ness upon returning certainly impacted the pumpkins.  The okra were also a bust this year.  My white currants were prolific, but life got in… (Read More)

27 August

Self Care – This Week’s Mindfulness Focus

  Self Care is the mindfulness focus for the week. In observing the garden, it’s obvious  that plants have an internal wisdom about what they need and how to get it, even though they can’t move about. (I do like to imagine when we’re not looking that they do move about like the Ents in… (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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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