Mindfulness Garden Games
by Joann Calabrese
author of Growing Mindful

Meditation Basics

New Moon Greetings – October 14, 2023 One of my favorite books on meditation and mindfulness is Eric Harrison’s The Foundations of Mindfulness, How to Cultivate Attention, Good Judgment, and Tranquility. The book is informed by Harrison’s 30 years as a meditation and mindfulness instructor in Australia. He was introduced to meditation in the 1970s … Read more

Earth Day Contemplation

Happy Earth Day – April 22 2022 The meditation below is adapted from one in my book, Growing Mindful.  It seems like a good offering on this Earth Day 2022. Our Human-Centric Culture Western culture’s human-centric view of the world emphasizes separateness from the web of life. That view has created many of our modern … Read more

Strategizing for Mindfulness – Four Simple Steps

Creating a Strategy Having a strategy for mindfulness practice is as important as a technique. Many of the participants in the Mindfulness 101 class that I teach at the Colorado Mental Wellness Network already know about meditation and mindfulness.  Many have practiced sporadically. Their challenge is not that they don’t know some basic meditation techniques, … Read more

It’s Not Really a Journey

Spiritual Practice A path, a journey, a long climb to the top of the mountain….all are analogies for spiritual practice. The implication is that we are trying to get somewhere. We start HERE and we get THERE, wherever THERE is. We are moving on a path toward enlightenment, or at the very least a reduction … Read more

The Magic of NANOWRIMO

The Magic of NANOWRIMO Nestled neatly between the end of gardening season and the beginning of the holidays is NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month. It is a marathon in which writers challenge themselves to complete 50,000 words in thirty days. This is my second year of writing for NANOWRIMO, and although it makes the month … Read more


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