Mindfulness Garden Games
by Joann Calabrese
author of Growing Mindful

World View, Alphabets, & Gardens

Lavender World View

Happy New Moon – February 20, 2023 Creating Order Judith Flander’s book, A Place for Everything: The Curious History of Alphabetical Order ,is a fascinating read touching on world views and our human need to categorize things. It’s a history of the alphabet, as well as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the birth of alphabetical order. Until … Read more

Of Weeds & Medicinal Herbs

Dandelions for Resilience

  I recently finished reading a fascinating book by Judith Flanders –  A Place for Everything: The Curious History of Alphabetical Order. If you are laughing at the idea that alphabetical order can be fascinating, stay with me. (And this is absolutely related to weeds and medicinal herbs.) Alphabetical order was not always a “thing”.  … Read more

Creating a Pattern Language of Wellness and Sustainability

. Pattern Language Expands Possibilities  What do forest gardens and peer run recovery centers have in common? • Both are innovative ideas • Both are phrases that help us envision new patterns and possibilities As I expand on each one and you’ll see the connections. On forest gardens Forest gardens are also known as food … Read more

On language and mindfulness

Fennel for Illumination

The Power of Language Language shapes our perception of the world. Label a plant a medicinal herb or label it a weed and very different images appear in our minds. Label a person as someone in recovery or a person who is mentally ill and again, different images appear that open or shut doors to … Read more


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