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Conversations In The Garden: On Crea...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Creating a Sanctuary

“Who will free me from hurry, flurry, the feeling of a crowd pushing behind me, of being hustled and crushed? How can I regain even for a minute the feeling of ample leisure I had during my early, my creative years? Then I seldom felt fussed, or hurried. There was time for work, for play, […]

Conversations in the Garden: On Pers...

Conversations in the Garden:  On Perspective

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden     For me, I would say the world IS a garden.  A big, beautiful garden full of plants and wildlife, so much more fascinating than I could ever dream them to be.  And […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Find...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Finding My Power

Message from the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: “As you move through these changing times… be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Bore...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Boredom

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m […]

Conversations In The Garden-On Patien...

Conversations In The Garden-On Patience

“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.” ~ Abraham Maslow       I have been working with the amazing Sandra Pawula, from Always Well Within, in her new venture, The Joyful Wisdom Letter and Circle.  Sandra sends a letter once a month with a unique theme to work on. […]

Conversations in the Garden: Slowing...

Conversations in the Garden:  Slowing The Pace

“I have reached the stage now where luxury is not in fine possessions but in carefree possessions, and the greatest luxury of all would be the completely expendable.” ~Nan Fairbrother     At this time of year, the garden is making its final preparations for its annual slumber.  Each successive frost reminds the plants to […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Grow...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Growth

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ~Cynthia Occelli       It seems appropriate in late autumn to look back on the garden.  As I assess […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Resti...

Conversations In The Garden: On Resting

“A change is as good as a rest.” ― Stephen King     I am not sure I totally agree that change can be restful.  When our lives go through so much change, we need a period of rest afterwards to replenish our weary bodies and minds.  Our lives can be so overwhelming at times. […]

Conversations in the Garden-On Persev...

Conversations in the Garden-On Perseverance

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill     If my gardens have taught me anything in the last 20+ years, it is the lesson found in this wonderful quote.  And oh how I have stumbled and bumbled around in my garden.  Planting mint or anything in the mint […]

Conversations In The Garden-On Judgme...

Conversations In The Garden-On Judgment

“Once in a golden hour I cast to earth a seed. Up there came a flower, The people said, a weed.” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson       When spring rolls around, my garden is filled with birds all looking for a spot to nest and raise their young.  They are very territorial, and inevitably […]

Conversations in the Garden-On Self-N...

Conversations in the Garden-On Self-Nourishment

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self.” ~Brian Andreas     A few months ago I participated in a free online course where 30 inspiring people shared their thoughts and practices on self-love.  It was […]

Conversations In The Garden: On Prio...

Conversations In The Garden:  On Prioritizing Health

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos—the trees, the clouds, everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh       One year ago today, I was coming home from the hospital after what was to be a simple operation to repair a tricky hernia.  But one overnight stay turned into 5 days […]

Conversations In The Garden-On Living...

Conversations In The Garden-On Living with Uncertainty

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.  Delicious Ambiguity.”  ~Gilda Radner […]

Conversations In The Garden- On Aware...

Conversations In The Garden- On Awareness

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. ~Leonard Nimoy     My mom is now in the winter of her life.  At 83, her body is shutting down, and she is in need of more assistance in her basic daily living skills.  It has been […]

Conversations In The Garden-On Being ...

Conversations In The Garden-On Being Sensitive

“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.”  ~ Dorothy M. Neddermeyer     Several years ago, I was vacationing with family at the beach.  Growing up, I used to watch my dad body surf, and always wanted to give it a try.  This day the water seemed to […]

Conversations In The Garden-On The Fr...

Conversations In The Garden-On The Freedom To Soar

“If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free.” ~Ajahn Chah      As the New Year dawned, I was excited for all the adventures and changes that I imagined […]

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“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ~ Aristotle

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