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)

9 November

Welcoming Darkness

We have arrived again at a place of darkness. I’m not speaking figuratively. It’s just dark outside!  Because of time change and the approaching winter my drive home from work is enveloped in darkness.  The Denver sun sets at 4:49 PM today. I feel much resistance to this annual cycle, preferring long days of sunshine… (Read More)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

17 August

Mindful Action – Weekly Focus Words

      Mindful Action I’m writing this on Thursday instead of my usual Sunday because I have felt fuzzy about the mindfulness focus for the week and its connection to the gardening world.  I woke up on Sunday morning to find that a young woman had been killed by Nazis on American soil and… (Read More)

7 August

Return to Center – Mindfulness Focus Words

    Return to Center – this week’s mindfulness focus was inspired by my tiny goji berry plant that is not actually dead. Denver was brutally hot the weeks I was away.  And when I returned all the leaves had shriveled and fallen off.  I chalked it up to one more sad thing. But this… (Read More)

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