Mindfulness in the Garden offers simple mindfulness
verses (gathas) composed to connect the mind and body and to bring the
reader/gardener’s awareness to the details of the present moment as they
work in the garden. These gathas are signposts leading to nature, to
the present, and ultimately to one’s self through the love and
understanding they evoke. The gathas offered with each gardening
activity serves to water the seeds of mindfulness within us, and
softening and preparing the ground for our ability to be present.
Mindfulness in the Garden values weeds as important
messengers seeking to bring into close communion our spiritual nature
with that of the environment. It likens spiritual practice to
cultivating a garden and inspires each person to accept themselves and
start where they are, weeds and all. Through the practice of mindful
gardening, we invite not only the thriving of the natural world but also
the flowering and beauty of the pure land of our true self to emerge.
Features black and white botanical illustrations throughout.