Watering The Seeds Of Mindfulness with Zachia Murray

Hosted by: Justine Willis Toms

Zachiah Murray, tells us that mindfulness is an awareness of what is around us and within us in the moment, so that we can see deeply without being caught in the past or the future. Gardening encourages mindfulness because it requires our immediate attention and the attention of all our senses. She likens cultivating a garden to spiritual practice and inspires each person to accept themselves and start where they are, weeds and all. Through the practice of mindful gardening, we invite not only the thriving of the natural world but also the flowering and beauty of the pure land of our true self to emerge. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Zachiah Laurann Murray is a registered Landscape Architect. A Masters of Divinity candidate in Meru Seminary,at The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, she regularly teaches meditation classes for the community outreach programs and is a member of the Order of Interbeing in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. She’s the author of Mindfulness in the Garden: Zen Tools for Digging In the Dirt (Parallax Press 2012).

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How she did a walkabout blindfolded in the New Zealand bush
  • What is Mindfulness practice
  • How weeding can teach us compassion, loving-kindness, and love
  • How can we deal with the less desirable critters in our gardens
  • What to do when seeds don’t grow
  • Why our failures tell us more about ourselves than our successes
  • How, as our gardens grow, we grow

Program Number: 3461

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