Author Archives: The Holistic Gardener

About The Holistic Gardener

author of wellness books, columnist, keynote speaker.

Go mow the lawn

Mowing the lawn does not have to be a chore – it can be an active meditation. With singularity of purpose you can mow like a Zen monk or simply be a more mindful gardener. So bring your full attention … Continue reading

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Calming lotion for rashes and hives

Rashes and hives can manifest anytime but for many they appear in Spring. In about 90 per cent of outbreaks there is no apparent or definitive cause of the rash but the rash is due to histamine production which indicates … Continue reading

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Go Hug a tree

There are many benefits to hugging a tree; decreased static electricity, increased cognitive functioning, decreased stress, increased endorphin release, anti-inflammatory and immune system enhancement, a chance to reconnect with nature and find some gratitude and loving kindness. To explore more … Continue reading

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Go plant a tree

This weekend is the ideal time to plant a tree – A brilliant addition to any garden, a support to our planet and local wildlife plus a great outdoor activity that is improving your physical and mental wellness in the … Continue reading

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Aches and pains

Sundry aches and pains are perhaps the most common complaint for gardeners – due to the physicality of maintaining a garden and the potential for repetitive strain or just plain old injury – never mind the headache of greenfly.   Whatever … Continue reading

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The Garden Teaches Managed Attention

There is a lot going on within a garden. It may even contain more than one ecosystem—a pond, a wild meadow patch, trees, ornamental borders, and a kitchen garden. There is upkeep for all of them and the infrastructure too—paving … Continue reading

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seeds of mindfulness book

The power of transformation.

Creating a garden is an act of alchemy – it is the transmutation not just of soil and place in to a flourishing oasis of vibrant life but an elevation of spirit and soul in a glorious act of determination and will. You could say making a garden with all the effort and energy required will make or break you – But it never really breaks, it always makes.

It makes for change; we are transformed ourselves by our endeavours. We hone our visual and attentive acuity, we hone our self-expression and sharpen our understanding of our true selves – we find our human nature and our divine light about the garden. We are altered by it as we alter it.

We too grow and thrive and find our natural groove. We find a home in its ever-changing rhythms and we are grounded not perturbed by its ever-motion. We move with it in full vibrancy, we and it are life in motion. From moment to moment we are – that is how to be. That is the natural mindfulness every gardener is gifted.
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Finding peace in silence.

The simple fact is that our central nervous system is hardwired to respond to sound, in part as an early warning defence mechanism (listening for danger cues) and in part as a way of reading the landscape and finding surety … Continue reading

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Weeding negative prejudices.

Weeding is the perennial chore, but perhaps the most essential, as weeds compete for the resources that our ornamental and edible plants need to survive and thrive – weeds deplete water, nutrients and in several cases even light. I think … Continue reading

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The Lotus Sutra.

The lotus has been identified as a sacred plant in more than one region/religion because it is grounded in the muck but aspires its head to the heavens – just like many a gardener I know. Perhaps the most important … Continue reading

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