Solitude in a garden is wonderful.
Here's what Steve Solomon, author of Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades has to say about it:
"There's no shortage of books on how to meditate, but none so far as I know mention hoe-leaning. Here's how to do it. While working in the garden, when your muscles become a bit tired or sore, you put the working end of the hoe on the soil, hold the handle near the top with both hands for a bit of a prop, rest it against your shoulder or cheek, and, while supporting some of your weight on the tool and leaning slightly forward, stare off into space or at some part of your garden and don't think. Then, when you do resume thinking, don't try to force yourself to stop, which is what people who meditate do--just resume hoeing. Don't let anyone call this laziness; hoe-leaning is a vital gardening chore..."