Tag: therapeutic horticulture

Mindful eating – connecting with our food system

This short video was inspired by exercises from Dr. Jan Chozen Bay’s book Mindful Eating, which I had the pleasure of experiencing during a mindful eating weekend retreat at Great Vow Monastery and also at a professional conference sponsored by UCSD Center for Mindfulness.… Continue Reading “Mindful eating – connecting with our food system”

On Gratitude

I’m a lover of Sun magazine; their collection of poetry and prose continues to astound me. In one of this month’s essays, a series of letters exchanged between Ross Gay and Noah Davis touched me deeply with their expression of intimate, loving masculinity. I… Continue Reading “On Gratitude”

Mindfulness in nature – savoring color

I adore the color purple. Put me in a full-bloom field of lavender come July and I’m giddy with happiness. I’m continually impressed but not surprised by what we’ve learned in the field of therapeutic horticulture about the many health benefits available through our… Continue Reading “Mindfulness in nature – savoring color”

A local therapeutic garden

This Memorial Day weekend I visited the Portland Memory Garden, a therapeutic garden designed for individuals experiencing memory disorders (and their caregivers), although the park is open to the general public as well. On the day that I visited, I noted that both elderly… Continue Reading “A local therapeutic garden”

Mindfulness in nature – savoring sound

Sound is all around us, throughout our day. We encounter sounds that may be sweet or soothing, and occasionally, sounds that we might not want to hear. However, sounds provide information and help us navigate in, and connect with, our larger world. A growing… Continue Reading “Mindfulness in nature – savoring sound”

Mindfulness in nature – Introduction

In this brief mindfulness exercise, choose an object from nature (indoors or outside). Enjoy the opportunity to focus with intention, curiosity, and compassion – all skills that translate into significant mind/body health benefits, over time.

Nature can help us sleep: bringing biophilic design into our bedrooms

This past weekend I spent an hour or so deep-cleaning my bedroom, removing clutter, and exploring ways to bring more nature indoors. Although I’m immensely grateful to have a wooded view outside of our bedroom windows, recently I’ve realized that I need to turn… Continue Reading “Nature can help us sleep: bringing biophilic design into our bedrooms”

“Are you my mother?” nature is here.

For those of you who are parents or have children in your life, you may be familiar with a sweet little book by P.D. Eastman titled “Are You My Mother?” I can’t remember where we bought our copy – probably purchased at a local… Continue Reading ““Are you my mother?” nature is here.”

Earth Day resources

Happy Earth Day! So many of our friends are sharing resources today and here’s just a few that I’ve visited: Free streaming of Love Thy Nature documentary (link courtesy of Nature Sacred) The Oregon Metro-area Master Gardener resource center Grow Portland Oregon Tilth The… Continue Reading “Earth Day resources”

Meditation in the edible garden