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Today I spent two hours working in my gardens, mostly in the backyard. During that time two friends called me and asked me what I was doing. I was glad to report that I was working in the garden. Working in the garden is still a good way for me to slow down and see life in perspective. The weather being in the 70ís today I was able to get a lot of work done. Since garden work is endless I still have more to do but felt good about what I did accomplish.
The energy I spent working in the garden seems refreshing and renewing of my mind, body and spirit. This renewal of energy is true for other activities like cooking but not as true for other activities like emailing or browsing the internet.
Keeping in touch with people by email and internet seems like the thing to do these days. But too much can be harmful for some of us. Emails are words typed without expressing tone of voice, facial expression and cannot be explained except by more emails.
Working in the garden produces food without words. Emails provide words without feelings.
Working in the garden is in silence. Emails are full of noise without speaking.
Emails allow one to keep in touch with lots of friends around the world and the internet provides a wealth of information. Working in the garden is not as exciting as the internet but is more peaceful.
This web site, www.nonviolentcow.org and this posting Diary of the Worm grew out of my experience with gardening and growing food. If a fraction of the energy spent on emailing and internet was spent on gardening and growing food we would have enough food for everyone and fewer disagreements based on words. Working in the garden can make one healthy and wise.