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Mar 22, 2010

‘Meditative Gardener’ aims to cultivate good nature

Gardens sprout bouquets and salads, but can they also seed inner peace?

Vermonter Cheryl Wilfong remembers a 2005 meditation retreat in which a Buddhist nun sought to weed everyone’s minds of wild, invasive thought.

“Imagine a flower garden growing in your heart …” the instructor urged. “Imagine a lotus streaming forth golden light …”

For Wilfong, something else sprang up: the idea of grafting her three favorite interests — gardening, meditation and writing — into a book.

Five years later, the Dummerston resident has published “The Meditative Gardener: Cultivating Mindfulness of Body, Feelings and Mind,” a 256-page paperback blooming with insight, instruction and color photography.

“Just as we cultivate our flower, vegetable and herb gardens, we can bring such intention and effort to nurturing our …