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The Art of Mindful Gardening: Sowing the Seeds of Meditation (Mindfulness)


The Art of Mindful Gardening: Sowing the Seeds of Meditation (Mindfulness)

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    Ark Redwood(Author)
The Art of Mindful Gardening explores how mindfulness can bring a new dimension to gardening.  Ark Redwood guides you through the changing seasons, expanding your knowledge of how to be conscious of the present and providing expert insights on meditating into your natural environment. 

Green-fingered groupies will already appreciate the spirituality of nature - the alchemy of creating compost, the powerful act of sowing seeds and the beauty of watching plants grow quietly, so to have gardening embraced and extolled in a beautiful book such as The Art of Mindful Gardening is well, life-affirming. Ark Redwood, author and head gardener at Chalice Wells, World Peace Garden in Glastonbury, expertly guides the reader through the practical meditation that is gardening, sharing his own earthy experiences of mindfully working the soil along with enlightening insights into Zen Buddhist practice. Chaptered around the seasons, the magic of composting, flower power and seeds of consciousness are just some of the spiritual seedlings sowed and propagated alongside plant meditations and inspiring quotes on conscious living. This thoughtfully designed and written book is a must-read that any trowel-owner will enjoy dipping in and out of for perennial guidance to well-being. --Kindred Spirit July/Aug 2011 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Ark Redwood(Author)
  • Leaping Hare Press (1 Feb. 2018)
  • English
  • 9
  • Mind, Body & Spirit

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  • By W. Parfitt on 28 May 2011

    Ark Redwood has written the best book on gardening ever - if you want the detail of gardening techniques and practices there are more than enough other books out there - but if you want to connect to the essence of gardening, to make a direct and meaningful link between spiritual practice and the art of gardening, this is excellent. Given the title it isn't at all surprising there is a lot of mindfulness in this book, but more than that it is truly a book on gardening written by someone who clearly is a committed and wise gardener. Written to match the cycle of the year, it also isn't a read-once book - it will be well worth while contemplating the appropriate section for each season when it arrives both to remind us to be mindful in our interaction with nature, both from a spiritual and a practical gardening perspective. The writing is easy and often humourous - Redwood's voice can be heard gently reminding us that everything in the universe is interconnected and inter-dependant, and that gardening is a way of cultivating compassion for all things.

  • By happy on 23 June 2017

    I have recently been lucky enough to get an allotment space......I am a beginner and was searching for books on "how to" when this was in the list.I received it yesterday and have finished it today I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!Such a spiritually uplifting book, I have always loved and appreciated our glorious seasons. BUT....... this book takes it to a whole new level.Thank You Universe, for giving me this book to read "Our" garden is going to be spectacular!!

  • By Silverbirch on 17 June 2012

    Beautifully written, inspiring and somehow while reading it I felt very peaceful and calm. One of the best books written on mindfulness and worth a read even if you arent a gardener.

  • By anthony ward on 3 June 2011

    'Sowing the seeds of meditation' is the subtitle of this groundbreaking and inspirational first book by Ark Redwood, Head Gardener for more than a decade at one of Britains most sacred public gardens - Chalice Well in Glastonbury.In his introduction Ark says ' gardening is a pastime that can give us a wealth of possibilities for mindfulness training' and in this book he is as good as his word in a text full of awareness and wisdom, the love of language and horticulture, a sense of childlike wonder, and a true writers gift of self-expression.The Art of Mindful Gardening is an intriguing journey through the cycle of the seasons offering the observations and insights of a seasoned plantsman and a serious practitioner of mindfulness. It is destined to be a gardening if not a spiritual classic and is beautifully designed and produced by Leaping Hare Press. A book to treasure.

  • By G. M. Penalba on 9 June 2013

    I very much liked the interjection of practical gardening information together with the practice of mindfulness, of being present. I would have preferred a bit more practical input given the high qualities of the author but the purpose of this lovely book is to remind us to enjoy the moment and beauty of our garden and our work. Will always recommend this book to any passionate and spiritual gardener.

  • By Liz Penn on 9 April 2017

    What a wonderful little book. It comes with me every time I garden.

  • By Mr. Robert Narayan-Taylor on 12 February 2017

    What a lovely book - a first class gentle introduction on how to bring meditation in to the every day - and a wonderful gardening read to boot - thoroughly enjoyable - know what to get all my gardening friends for Xmas now

  • By Hilary B. M. France on 17 January 2012

    This is a really nicely produced book, and leads you through gardening tasks thoughtfully and meditatively. It won't teach the beginning gardener how to do all the basic tasks perhaps, but it will make you think about why you are doing what you are doing in the garden. A good read.

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