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.
Zachiah Laurann Murray is a registered landscape architect whose vision and passion is to collaborate and consult with landscape architects, architects, civil engineers, and environmental organizations in the creative, instinctive, and most ecologically sensitive approach to designing and developing our land. As a steward of the land, she encourages the preservation and restoration of the environment to ensure future generations a quality of life enriched through their ability to make a connection to Mother Earth that is unique to themselves. She teaches meditation and is a member of the Order of Interbeing in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. Zachiah lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Buddhist teachings and meditation offer a roadmap to help college students and others in early adulthood incorporate mindfulness into their lives as a means of facing the myriad struggles unique to this stage of life.