So many people have written to ask how they can get a copy of The Bountiful Garden. Books can be ordered online at http://www.TheBountifulGarden.net. I’m also working furiously to make the books available in small bookstores across the country. Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston now has copies available as does First Church Unity in Nashville. If you know of a bookstore interested in carrying them, please email me at denise@thebountifulgarden.net.

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A friend shared a poem with me recently that was attributed to the legendary actress, Audrey Hepburn. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and a testament to the inner beauty and wisdom that she lived.

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”

My friend Jen posted a challenge on Facebook last week: Perform one random act of kindness each day during the month of December.
Great idea, I immediately replied, typing my acceptance for all the world (or at least all of my Facebook friends) to see. This, I thought, would be a piece of chocolate covered cake. But, it seemed, I had a thing or two to learn about myself and the effort required to pull off a random act of kindness.
Day one came and went and at the end of the day I couldn’t come up with a single act of kindness to show for it. OK, I quickly forgave myself. I’d simply carry it over and make certain to perform two tomorrow. But again, at the end of the day, I failed the test. Three carryovers and counting.
Jeeze, this is tougher than I thought!
It’s not like I’m a mean person and thankfully, I can’t add anything to the random act of meanness column but really, this clearly isn’t something I’m going to be able to do without a little preparation.
As I was working my way through a reflection of the day, searching desperately for anything that might qualify as a random act, I passed by minor items, like, “thanking the cashier,” or “smiling at the crossing guard.” As far as I’m concerned, those are gimmes—actions that are automatic and without forethought.
That’s when it came to me. To qualify as a random act of kindness in my book, the act would require intention and attention. By that I mean, I would need to be aware of the situation including my actions and how they might affect another person. And then, I would need to act with intention—a decision based on creating an outcome.
In my book, The Bountiful Garden, I addressed the importance of intention and attention as part of seven affirmations called, The Gardener’s Way.
It is the last of the seven affirmations and is titled: Seeds of Mindful Responsibility. It reads:

Knowing that my thoughts, my words and my actions are powerful beyond human understanding, I act with mindfulness; focused on positive outcomes and always conscious of the effects that they might have on myself, my family, my community and my world, today and into the future.

For me that’s the key–the component I’d been lacking for the first three days of the exercise are the ones I miss most days of the year. I’m rarely MINDFUL of most of my actions throughout the course of the day. And, I don’t think I’m alone in that regard.
I’m willing to bet that most of us go through our day, focused on what happened last night, or on our long list of ‘to-do’, or what we’d fix for supper, or why our boss seemed to scowl at us when we entered the room. It is rare, at least for me, to be completely mindful in the present moment when the rest of the world is beating at the door.
So, tomorrow’s another day. Day four, in fact but I intend to make certain that the sun doesn’t set without me reducing my growing list of “need to dos,” by at least one or two. To make certain I’ve printed out the affirmation – you’ll find a list of all seven at http://www.TheBountifulGarden.net – and will carry it with me throughout the month as I create attention and intention for manifesting kindness in my world.

The Gardener's Way Poster

I’ve had so many people asking me if they could get a copy of The Gardener’s Way affirmations from The Bountiful Garden so I created a poster, suitable for framing. It’s for sale at http://www.TheBountifulGarden.net. But, you’re also welcome to simply copy them down for yourself. If you’d like to reprint them or post them on your site, but please be sure to include the as copyright, (c) Denise Fayhee Wolf 2009. and include a link to http://www.TheBountifulGarden.net. I hope you enjoy!!

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It seems like I run into so many people who tell me that they’d love to meditate but have absolutely no idea where to start.  I blame part of that on the multitude of meditation gurus who seem to make it seem exceptionally complicated. And, it can be.  There are many, many different types of meditation and people will ‘practice’ for years to perfect it — or achieve ‘enlightenment.’  But it’s my belief that, at some level, meditation is the most natural thing we can do.  At its purest level, meditation is who we are.  I call it, “listening with your heart.”  And, for those of you who would like to give it a try, this article by Elena Brower, provides a beautiful, easy to follow explanation of how to meditation.  I’d encourage you to read it, save it and return to it as you develop your own meditation practice.   Click on the link below to read Elena’s article.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


It seems that, as a society, we’ve adopted a ‘more is better,’ approach to living. And yet, I believe this recent economic crisis — with the loss of jobs, forced down-sizing and realigning of priorities in our lives — could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.  Whether you live in a 22 room mega-mansion or a double-wide trailer, clutter can affect our lives and drain us of our joy.  This is a wonderful, honest article on de-cluttering from Huffington Post blogger, Karen Leland!   I’d encourage you to read Karen’s article by clicking on the link below.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Recently I’ve noticed a lot of individuals who appear to love what they’re doing, but are anything but filled with joy. And, I’ve got a theory that a lot of us wind up robbing ourselves of ready-joy by creating situations that are unbalanced or dis-eased.

Dis-ease in our lives can be caused by a variety of things but I’ve noticed five that seem to pop up a lot. (I’m sure there are more but these are the ones I’ve noticed most.) In my book, The Bountiful Garden, these types of “dis-ease” are the weeds that keep us from realizing a joy-filled life.

A few of the more popular ones are:

– Not being our authentic self (being or doing based on what society or others says is ‘right’)
– Living beyond our means or creating a lifestyle to impress others
– Habits and lifestyles that hurt us mentally, physically or financially
– Destructive relationships
– Lack of self-knowledge

If you’re missing joy in your life and wondering how to change it, take a close look around for ‘weeds’ that might be populating your garden. (Remember, they can be tricky and sometimes even look and smell like flowers!) Then examine how you’re dealing with them. As any good gardener will tell you, cutting a weed off at the top might make your garden look better for a while but to really give your garden room to grow, you have to take hold with both hands and pull the weed out roots and all.