Author Archives: The Holistic Gardener

About The Holistic Gardener

author of wellness books, columnist, keynote speaker.

disarming anxiety and stress

Stress and anxiety are complex issues and both are a spectrum – indeed, both of symptoms and intensity. The first thing to say is that stress and anxiety are natural human states, they are part of our evolved survival mechanisms … Continue reading

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To plant mindfully

In the segment on sowing a seed mindfully I mentioned diligence, diligence is acting with integrity; it is bringing your dutiful and alert self into the process. We gardeners can become automatic on regular gardening tasks and not really be … Continue reading

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sowing the seeds of mindfulness

Sowing seed is not an act of will, it is participation in the divine force of creation, it is participation with the force of life; to renew itself. In sowing seed you are present at the conception of a new … Continue reading

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how to really deal with slugs and snail.

The mindful approach. To be a mindful gardener we may not like what the slugs and snails do but we need not hate or rage. In Theravada Buddhism it is taught that the antidote to anger is compassion and loving … Continue reading

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A latitude for gratitude

Gardening gifts myriad opportunities to be grateful; Grateful that the sun is shining, or that the wind has abated or that the rain is doing the watering today. Grateful that those seeds germinated, or that plant flowered or that bush … Continue reading

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A balm for exam stresses and other anxieties.

I have long been enamoured with Lemonbalm (Melissa officinalis). I think it a pretty plant, I love its aromatic contribution to the garden but I relish its healing potential. Of course any plant with officinalis in the title was once … Continue reading

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to look at a flower

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment”. – Georgia O’Keeffe (American artist. 1887 –1986) Gardening can be an all-consuming pastime but within the garden we can be devoured … Continue reading

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