Growing Mindful: Explorations in the Garden to Deepen Your Awareness

Growing Mindful: Explorations in the Garden to Deepen Your Awareness

by Joann Calabrese

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Overview

Cultivate Greater Awareness with this Joyful, Earth-Centered Path of Mindfulness

Enjoy the extraordinary union of meditation and nature with this hands-on guide to being mindful in the garden. Joann Calabrese shares an abundance of activities and exercises you can use while inhabiting any green space, whether it's your yard, a park, or a forest trail. You'll learn to engage with earth energies and the present moment via everyday, accessible practices—all while using the natural world as your portal.

Growing Mindful features dozens of awareness-boosting explorations rooted in sensing the wonder and magic of nature. Discover supplies and settings for each activity, garden correspondences, and 52 plants to mindfully connect with every week of the year. This inspiring, playful guide helps you deepen your spirituality and nurture a unique practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738764771
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 268,316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joann Calabrese (Denver, CO) is an experienced facilitator and mindfulness trainer. She leads workshops for the Colorado Mental Wellness Network as well as mindfulness walks and qigong in her community. She also leads workshops on wellness planning and peer work.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Garden Connections 2

What Is Mindfulness? 3

Connectedness 3

A Little About Me 4

Jumping In: Helpful Tips and Tools 7

Beginning Each Activity: Grounding and Centering 9

Endings: Closing with Intention 9

Gratitude for the Green World 10

On Committing to Practice 10

Part 1 Green World Explorations

Chapter 1 Sensory Explorations 15

Awareness of Sight 15

Exploration: Tuning In 16

Exploration: Hand to Paper #1 18

Exploration: Hand to Paper #2 20

Exploration: Seeking New and Different 21

Exploration: Treasure Hunt 21

Exploration: Becoming an Alien 23

Awareness of Scent 24

Exploration: Tuning in to Garden Scents 25

Exploration: Going Deeper with Scents 26

Exploration: Creating a Fragrance Game 28

Exploration: Creating a Fragrance Garden 29

Exploration: Capturing Fragrances 30

Awareness of Sound 31

Exploration: Tuning in to the Garden Soundscape 32

Exploration: Going Deeper with Garden Soundscapes 33

Exploration: Creating Rhythm 34

Awareness of Touch 35

Exploration: Tuning in to Touch 35

Exploration: Creating a Game of Tactile Awareness 37

Awareness of Taste 38

Exploration: Tuning in to Flavor and Taste 38

Exploration: Going Deeper with Flavor and Taste 39

Reflecting on Sensor Exploration 40

Chapter 2 Movement Explorations 41

Exploration: Walking with Beauty 41

Exploration: Walking with Earth Energies 43

Exploration: Labyrinth Walking 45

Labyrinths as a Group Activity or Public Event 47

Exploration: Qigong in the Garden 48

Reflecting on Movement 52

Chapter 3 Creative Explorations 53

Reminders and Suggestions 54

Exploration: Leaf Rubbings 55

Exploration: Solar Prints 57

Exploration: Botanicals as Stamps and Brushes 58

Exploration: Judgment-Free Drawing 60

Exploration: Garden Mandalas 61

Creating a Group Mandala 64

Exploration: Making Herbal Tea with Fresh Herbs 65

Exploration: Harvesting and Preparing Food 67

Exploration: Engaging Routine Gardening Tasks in a Mindful Way 69

Reflecting on Creativity 70

Chapter 4 Elemental Explorations 73

Exploration: Sensing Earth 74

Exploration: Tuning in to Soil 75

Exploration: Compost Alchemy 76

Exploration: Sensing Air 78

Exploration: Making Air Visible 79

Exploration: Sensing Fire as Light 81

Exploration: Sensing Fire as Warmth and Heat 82

Exploration: Making Fire Visible 83

Exploration: Sensing Water 84

Exploration: Experiencing Garden Rain 85

Going Deeper with Elemental Archetypes 86

Creating Your Own Elemental Map of the Garden 87

Chapter 5 Explorations of Connectedness 89

Exploration: Meditation in the Garden 89

Exploration: Garden Immersion 91

Exploration: Becoming a Plant 93

Exploration: Becoming a Tree 94

Exploration: Contemplating Photosynthesis 96

Shinrin-Yoku: Into the Woods 98

Chapter 6 Deeper Explorations 101

Exploration: Aligning with One Plant 101

Exploration: Contemplating the Edge 104

Exploration: Green World Spirals 106

Exploration: Contemplating Unity in Opposites 108

Exploration: Becoming Background 112

A Path Forward 113

Part 2 Plant Correspondences as Mindful Focus

Using Your Journal 116

How to Practice 117

Week 1 Dandelion and Resilience 121

Week 2 Apple and Imagination 123

Week 3 Stinging Nettles and Prickly Gifts 125

Week 4 Rhubarb and Duality 127

Week 5 Marigold and Optimism 129

Week 6 Purple Coneflower and Boundaries 132

Week 7 Motherwort and Courage 135

Week 8 Amaranth and Grace 137

Week 9 Borage and Wildness 139

Week 10 Clover and Nurturing 141

Week 11 Garlic and Confidence 144

Week 12 Rose and Tradition 146

Week 13 Bindweed and Tenacity 149

Week 14 Crocus and Hope 151

Week 15 Rue and Warding Off 154

Week 16 Clary Sage and Clarity 157

Week 17 Lemon Balm and Renewal 159

Week 18 Rainbow Chard and Beauty 161

Week 19 Lavender and Kindness 163

Week 20 Bee Balm and Whimsy 165

Week 21 Radish and Accomplishment 167

Week 22 Iris and Transcendence 170

Week 23 Strawberry and Heart-Centeredness 172

Week 24 Flax and Serendipity 175

Week 25 Black-Eyed Susan and Justice 178

Week 26 Lady's Mantle and Solitude 181

Week 27 Raspberry and Birth 184

Week 28 Mullein and Gentleness 186

Week 29 Sunchokes and Community 188

Week 30 Fennel and Illumination 191

Week 31 Daylily and Impermanence 194

Week 32 Collards and Dependability 196

Week 33 Pole Beans and Exploration 199

Week 34 Yarrow and Healing 201

Week 35 Beets and Balance 203

Week 36 Comfrey and Strength 206

Week 37 Fungi and Connectedness 208

Week 38 Mums and Transition 210

Week 39 Pumpkin and Abundance 213

Week 40 Tomato and Shape-Shifting 216

Week 41 Sage and Wisdom 219

Week 42 Rosemary and Ancestors 221

Week 43 Cosmos and Infinity 223

Week 44 Hops and Power 225

Week 45 Violet and Hidden Treasure 228

Week 46 Basil and Harmony 230

Week 47 Burdock and Purpose 233

Week 48 Sunflower and Guardians 236

Week 49 Butterfly Weed and Essentiality 238

Week 50 Calendula and Creativity 241

Week 51 Eggplant and Mystery 243

Week 52 Snapdragon and Joy 246

Conclusion 249

Moving Forward with Remembrance 249

Bibliography 251

Recommended Reading 253

Index 255

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