Zen Gardening

Michael Ken
5 min readOct 17, 2023

In Gladiator’s opening scene, Maximus is daydreaming while walking through a wheat field, lightly brushing his hand against the golden grain. We soon learn Maximus is on a stark battlefield. Even so, he has the presence of mind to notice a small bird perched on a nearby branch. Just before the battle ensues, we see Maximus kneel and grab a handful of dirt, rubbing it through his hands, holding it up to his nose to smell the wet earth.

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Michael Ken

My journal about life in the woods. Visit intothewoods.blog to see my complete journal, photographs, and articles.