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)

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)

2 July

Courage 2.0 – Reaching Deeper With Mindful Focus

Courage is the mindfulness focus word for the week, inspired by borage (Borago officinalis) in flower throughout my yard.  Even though I’ve worked with courage as a focus word already this year, the borage plants and life events are calling me to revisit the concept. About Borage Borage has a strong association with courage.  According… (Read More)

25 June

Seeing with Child Eyes – Mindfulness Focus This Week

  Challenges of Writing I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would create a blog post every Sunday, with a focus on gardens and mindfulness.  It has been a positive endeavor for the most part, but the year has been challenging and some posts have been hard to write just because… (Read More)

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