By Thich Nhat Hanh
Beautiful colour illustrations by way of Wietske Vriezen, illustrator of Planting Seeds (ISBN-13: 978-1-935209-80-5) and Mindful Movements (978-1-888375-79-4).
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Extra resources for A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles
Make it up! I know you can. You might like to draw the sky, an open field, or a flying bird. Breathe in and out as you draw space. Smile as you draw. We need to have space in us to be happy. Having enough space helps us experience freedom and joy. Without space we cannot be happy or peaceful. When we look at a table, we may think it is made only of wood. But scientists tell us that the table is made mostly of space. It’s hard to believe! But the amount of wood in a table is actually very small.
Like the moon traveling through the beautiful night sky, we have the capacity for space and freedom no matter where we are. Without freedom, no one can be truly happy. When we touch the space inside of us, we are free. Now place the pebble to your right. After breathing with the four pebbles, you have completed twelve in-breaths and out-breaths. This ends the pebble meditation. But, if you enjoy it and want to continue, you can move the four pebbles again. When you have finished, place the pebbles back in their bag.
WATER The third pebble represents calm water. If you have seen the surface of a lake when it’s very still, you may have noticed that it reflects the mountains, clouds, and trees around it perfectly. You can take a picture of the lake, and it is as if you are taking a picture of the surrounding sky, trees, and mountains because they’re so clearly reflected in the surface of the lake. When you are calm, when you are still, you see things as they truly are. You don’t distort things. When you are not calm, it’s easy to get confused and angry.
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh