Thich Nhat Hanh Meditation
12 Sep, 2017
After a whirlwind of crazy activity last week, I found myself firmly ungrounded. I felt I needed some meditation guidance and am loving an audio book Living Without Fear or Stress by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He is the founder of Plum Village in France, a mindfulness practice centre. I loved this Pebble Meditation…
Thich Nhat Hanh tells us to take 4 pebbles, each representing something:
1.The first represents a flower and when you hold it you could think about yourself as flower, light and flexible
2. The second represents a mountain, solid and strong
3. The third represents a still body of water such as a lake, reflecting the true nature of things when calm
4. The fourth and last represents space, infinite and expansive
In the audio book he instructs his students to hold each pebble, one by one. in palm of the left hand, covered by the right in the lap of meditation. Breathe in flower, breathe out lightness x 3 times slowly and move on until you’ve run out of pebbles.
He suggests lifting the pebble to the forehead once you’re starting the next rotation. I found this bit a little distracting so I placed each pebble on my left leg and once I was done with one, I let it slip away before moving onto the next.
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