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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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Cultivating decisiveness

You may have heard of the old idiom ‘live horse, get grass’ meaning if you can only hang on, what you desperately need may come your way – but hanging on may be too long a wait. I prefer ‘live … Continue reading

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The garden as therapeutic space.

In the field of social and therapeutic horticulture, many people come to gardening as a break from stress, anxiety and fear, to break from those harmful preoccupations by participation with a more natural engagement. Gardening is the perfect distraction, the … Continue reading

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the nature of things

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn (American professor emeritus of medicine and mindfulness advocate.) Sure, mindfulness can be a relaxation technique – a way to attune to … Continue reading

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The way to be can be to do.

Lao Tzu, the Chinese Taoist philosopher (circa the 5th Century BC) is believed to have decreed that “The way to do is to be” – well the way to be can also be to do. I am a fan of … Continue reading

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Weeding for a fuller life

The modern world seems to fuel itself on anxiety and hypervigilance, creating a tension loop and stressing the joy out of life. Many people crave something more, something better, a chance at peace and joy. But we do need to … Continue reading

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The body scan for mindfulness and peace of mind

A popular mindful exercise is the body scan – a practice where you check in with your body – bring your attention to it in a systematic way. It is a way of slowing the pace before a meditation, it … Continue reading

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Cultivating neuroplasticity.

Leisure swimmers have different muscles to committed cyclists, gardening works muscles that typing wont. Just as muscles may be built by occupation, pastime or determination so too our brains are built upon by how they get worked – by experience, … 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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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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