In this interview, 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.
She colorfully describes mindfulness, using the metaphor and practice of gardening. The teachings from her garden include: what to do when seeds don’t grow, how to deal with the less desirable critters in our gardens, and how weeding can teach us compassion, loving-kindness, and love.
Along the way, we learn why our failures tell us more about ourselves than our successes, and come to appreciate that as our gardens grow, we grow.
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 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.