Garden Therapy Notes

 A Collection of Gardening Information and Inspiration



Book review: 
Blooming Into Mindfulness
by Martha Brettschneider

Blooming Into Mindfulness tells a story about the author’s relationship with her garden – how she interacts with it during different stages in her life - and how it eventually helps her to experience life in a way that is more meaningful to her. 

In the beginning of the book, Martha describes being in that space of ‘busy-ness’ that is so familiar to many of us. Luckily, life circumstances invite her to explore gardening –which she first approaches in that same busy way. But over time the garden does something to her – it calms and comforts her as she makes her way through her life’s journey as a mother, cancer-survivor, and so much more. 

One day while in the garden, she has an epiphany - a spiritual awakening that helps her to feel a deep sense of purpose.    

This awakening leads her to explore the teachings of spiritual leaders such as: Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Jill Bolte Taylor, Andy Puddicombe and Anita Moorjani.  

In the book, Martha succinctly describes the work of these spiritual leaders. And also writes “No matter how many teachers I follow, no matter how many books I read, the garden has always offered up the same lessons.”  

I recommend this book for:  

  • People who have strengthened their relationship with their garden over the years, and want to validate their own experience by reading about another’s inspiring journey.  
  • People who want a summary of spiritual practices and how they correspond with observations made in nature and the garden.  

By Lea Tran, Registered Horticultural Therapist & Plant Spirit Medicine Healer

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