Mindfulness in the Garden: zen tools for digging in the dirt
"Mindfulness poems, also called gathas, help us to dwell in the present moment and to be deeply aware of the action we are doing so that we can perform it with understanding and love." —Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness in the Garden offers simple mindfulness verses to connect the mind and body and to bring the gardener's awareness to the details of the present moment as they work in the garden. The poems and reflections are reminders of our activity in the garden that can help to water the seeds of mindfulness within us, accept ourselves where we are, and allow us to become fully present. Through the practice of mindful gardening, we welcome not only the thriving of the natural world but also the beauty of our true self to emerge.
With one's attention to the signposts and messengers of nature these gentle reminders offer a meditation practice of gardening, while cultivating one's ability to connect with our surrounding and environment.
"Zachiah Murray's deep rooted practice of Mindfulness in the Garden offers grounded encouragement and inspiration for our times."
— Wendy Johnson author of, Gardening at the Dragon's Gate
"Open the portal of this lovely book into a gentle garden of words that supports our mindfulness as we stroll among the flowers and trees around us."
— Cheryl Wilfong author of, The Meditative Gardener
"A lovely book. I will keep it by my bed, on my altar or in the garden. Mindfulness in the Garden will be a gift I will give my friends who also know the garden as sacred space.”
—Elizabeth Murray author of, Cultivating Sacred Space: Gardening for the Soul