Today I was honing my gardening skills, which were none before I was in Japan.
Back then I was doing the Zen training in a monastery in the southernmost part of the mainland, and everyday I’d have the routine of waking up at 5 and meditate with my master Jiho san for two hours. 7am tea and integration time. 8am the “work day” started, my work was to take care of the garden getting rid off the bad weed and being present in the moment. First I was so clumsy, I would take big portions of earth and other good weed, I was annoyed my hands were dirty and of all the new creatures I discovered living “underground”, but after a while my technique became more refined, I would clean to precision what I didn’t need, or better said “what my garden didn’t need”. At 1130 we would share lunch, followed by free time, and at 4pm we will go to the city communal baths to cleanse our bodies. 5pm time to prepare the food and have dinner, and then we will sit for long hours sharing and laughing. Laughing about life, about ourselves, about our Kans.
I probably cleaned one square meter of my garden today, it took me time to reconnect with the technique, cleaning the things that do not serve me or others, and making my stay at home routine worth living.