"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 by Jason DeAntonis.
Introduction by Thich Nhat Hanh, author of "Present Moment Wonderful Moment"
About the Author
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. Zachiah is a Masters in Divinity candidate at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. She teaches meditation and is a member of the Order of Interbeing in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. She presently lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Jason DeAntonis is an award-winning sculptor and visual artist. His illustrations have appeared in many children's books including "Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice" by Thich Nhat Hanh and "Little Pilgrim" by Ko Un (both from Parallax Press). He lives in Berkeley, CA.
Zachiah Murray's deep rooted practice of Mindfulness in the Garden offers grounded encouragement and inspiration for our times.
Wendy Johnson, Author - Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate
Grounded in the present moment, Zachiah Murray pays close attention to flowers and insects. Using the microscope of mindfulness, the garden becomes fresh and alive.Open the portal of this lovely book into a gentle garden of words that supports our mindfulness as we stroll among the flowers and trees around us.
Cheryl Wilfong, Author - The Meditative Gardener
Gardening mindfully being present with our shovels, our tomatoes, and our gathas we sow the seeds of our authentic self into the soil of our daily life. Silently reciting our gathas, we invite the mind to drop into the heart, and the tangle of our minds are loosened.” from the book