Mowing the Lawn & Other “Mundane” Activities

I just finished mowing the lawn! I perform this ritual about once a week during the growing season. Years ago, one of my students asked me as I was building the raised beds for our vegetable garden; “when you are gardening or doing yard work, do you wish that you were playing music instead”? He asked this question at a time when there was no internet, cell phones, Facebook, incessant robo-calls, twitter and the rest. Even then I responded that preferring to do something else would completely miss the point. I like being outside, tending the land, looking at the sky, breathing fresh air and the like. I get inspired and have time to think or not think. It is a meditation. And these days, it

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