this wise, down-to-earth book, Master Gardener and mindfulness
meditation teacher Cheryl Wilfong lovingly offers us a rich
bouquet of the Buddha’s teachings. Her gentle, friendly, and
humorous tone creates a nurturing environment in which to practice
mindfulness in our very own gardens. Wilfong invites us to stroll
through our flowerbeds, appreciating them just as they are,
and noticing the joy they bring us.
Let The Meditative Gardener be your guide. Beginning
meditators will find practical easy-to-follow suggestions.
Lapsed meditators can refresh their practice. And seasoned
meditators will appreciate the variety of wisdom practices
that can be transplanted into daily life in the garden.
While sitting, walking, or bending over (a gardener’s favorite
position), become aware of the present moment. Notice feelings
of happiness, pleasure, and calm as you take refuge from the
busy world in the sanctuary of your garden. Observe the mind
in a pleasure garden. Use naturally-occurring contemplation
to gain insight into the Dharma, the laws of nature.
You may not have done all the weeding or planting you had
hoped, but appreciate that you are doing the best you can.
As you sit in the shade of your own back yard, simply hold
this book in your lap. Allow The Meditative Gardener
to help you nourish the seed of enlightenment that is already
growing in your heart. Use the tools of mindfulness and kindness
toward yourself to discover how to cultivate your garden and
meditation practice at the same time.