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Happiness in Four Pebbles

Do you want to feel content, blissful, even joyful? These happy feelings can be found when we calm our bodies and minds says Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

bookIn his book, A Handful of Quiet, Happiness in Four Pebbles, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches a simple pebble meditation. It was developed at a retreat for families and children. The meditation and exercises can be used by adults alone, children alone or with others.

First you need four (4) different pebbles. Each pebble represents a different image in nature: a flower, mountain, water and space.

The flower pebble represents fresh, beautiful and open to the moment. The mountain pebble represents solid and calmness. The water pebble represents calm water and clear reflection. The space pebble represents space and freedom.

I really enjoyed the Four Pebbles Meditation. Directions are given for practicing the key words and breathing while placing the pebbles down. In addition there is a lovely drawing meditation, as well as a simple writing exercise, and meditation cards to use or make your own. You can even make your own pebble bag.

Adults can take the meditation further by assigning qualities to the pebbles such as compassion or each pebble can represent family members or friends. The meditation developed outdoors works equally well indoors on a rainy day. Enjoy!

Catherine is an intuitive consultant, energy healer and spiritual coach. She has been a healing arts practitioner since 1982. Catherine has the unique ability to draw from different modalities, combining them with her intuitive gifts to offer practical and clear guidance for her clients. Catherine helps her clients clear their past, center in the present and take the next steps to create their future.

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