I am a novice reloader. Having started at handloading only a few months ago, I was immediately struck by how meditative an activity the entire process is. Reloading is an endeavor that requires concentration, precision and repetition. A mistake like double charging one case with powder (out of the 50-100 that you are working on) could be disastrous so your entire attention is required. There is an exacting process that has to be followed and precise tolerances that have to be met. The numerous steps of this process take on almost ritualistic properties as you move through them. It reminds me somewhat of the Japanese tea ceremony.
Most likely, the average reloader wouldn’t think that they are meditating while they work, but I would posit that they indeed are if they are doing so with the utmost of concentration. There is an old Zen proverb that goes:
“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.”
I could just as easily say, “Before enlightenment; trim, chamfer, measure. After enlightenment; trim, chamfer, measure.”
Now if I could just place my finger on this “enlightenment” thing…