Mindfulness in the Garden: Zen Tools for Digging in the Dirt
Zachiah Murray, Author of Mindfulness in the Garden
Original Date: Thursday, December 13, 2012

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In Mindfulness in the Garden: Zen Tools for Digging in the Dirt Zachiah Murray likens gardening to a spiritual activity. She offers simple but inspirational Zen poems (gathas) composed to connect the mind and body and to bring the reader's awareness to the details of the present moment as they work in the garden. Covering everything from compost and weeds to ornamental blooms and edibles, the gathas that open each chapter focus on a wide range of gardening activities and serve to water the seeds of mindfulness within us and prepare the ground for our ability to be present. Through the practice of mindful gardening, we not only invite the thriving of the natural world, but also allow the flowering and beauty of our true selves to emerge.

"Gardening mindfully—being present with our shovels, our tomatoes, and our gathas—we sow the seeds of our authentic self into the soil of our daily life. Silently reciting our gathas, we invite the mind to drop into the heart, and the tangles of our minds are loosened."- from Mindfulness in the Garden

Zachiah Murray's vision, as a steward to the land, is to ensure future generations a life enriched through their ability to connect directly with the natural world. A Registered Landscape Architect and Masters of Divinity graduate from Meru Interfaith Seminary at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment located in San Jose, California, she regularly teaches meditation classes for the community and outreach programs. She also teaches 9 to 12 year-old children the martial art of Aikido, whose goal is the harmonious resolution of conflict. In addition to being a graduate of Meru Interfaith Seminary, she is also a member of the Order of Interbeing in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. She lives in Santa Cruz.

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