Slice. Boil, stir. Repeat.
Making jam is the best meditation I know.
I've made countless batches of jams over the year- I can work through it without thinking about what I'm doing. I like those kinds of task. Maybe it's the pianist in me. Hands playing notes while the mind is off daydreaming.
I understand the divide of mind and physical action is probably, well, anti-meditation. You certainly are not 'in the moment' when you're off daydreaming. But I like to take the moment as it is. If I need to slice 5 pounds of strawberries and daydream about the lovely trees we sat under at the coast and the way the sunlight filtered through the branches to our skin, then.....well, I will. And I promise you, I will come out with 5 pounds of sliced strawberries and a relaxed and recharged spirit.
3 Tablespoons of lemon juice
Zest of one lemon (optional, I love the extra kick and texture).
2-4 Tablespoons of ginger (again, optional if you are not a ginger fan. Candied works best, either grated or minced- the smaller the better).
1 Tablespoon of fresh mint, sliced finely (optional).
8 black peppercorns freshly grated (yes, black pepper. This is optional, but if you have tart strawberries, the pepper will round out the flavors. And if your strawberries are not tart.....well, still use it! It just takes the jam from good to wonderful. If you don't have individual peppercorns to work with, try 2-4 cranks from a pepper grater. Do not, however, use plain ol' table pepper. That's just.....wrong.).