Category Archives: Growing mindful

ways to achieve mindfulness, stress reduction and psychological harmony in the garden and in life

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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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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A lie on the grass.

When did you last just lay yourself down on your lawn and look up at the sky. A lie on the grass is not just a pleasant rest, it evokes the awe-inspired carefree activity of childhood – a transportation to … Continue reading

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The three good reasons of mindfulness

Trí saghas incheann: inchinn reatha, inchinn cloiche, inchinn chéarach – The three kinds of brain: a running brain, a rock brain, a wax brain. In Ireland we have a long tradition of triads – poetic, insights clustered in threes; like … Continue reading

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Banishing snakes

When Saint Patrick came to Ireland and banished the snakes, no one said what are you on about. No one pointed out that snakes were not native to or even known in Ireland. Because we got the concept – it … Continue reading

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a spring clean can also mean a mind detox

It is good to declutter the shed or the house on a regular basis, many wait until the brighter days of spring to find their motivation. And sure enough a bright blue sky provides a hit of serotonin and a … Continue reading

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