Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pebble meditation (Thich Nhat Hanh)

"Pebble meditation"

1st Pebble: "Freshness (Flowerness)"
<You pick up the first pebble and look at it for one second and put it back. You are identified as a flower.>

(Breathing in) I see myself as a flower.
(Breathing out) I feel fresh.

<3 times. You restore your flowerness. You restore your freshness. By the way of breathing, by the way of smiling, by the way of releasing the tension in your body. You take the first pebble and put it down on your right.>

2nd Pebble: "Solidity"
<You pick up the second pebble and look at it for one second and put it back. You are identified as a mountain.>

(Breathing in) I see myself as a mountain.
(Breathing out) I feel solid. (stable) 

<3 times. You are seated in a very stable position. You can be solid. There is a mountain in you. You take the second pebble and put it down on your right.>

3rd Pebble: "Stillness"
<You pick up the third pebble and look at it for one second and put it back. You are identified as still water.>

(Breathing in) I see myself as still water. (calm, stillness)
(Breathing out) I am reflecting as they are.

<3 times. You are the water that is still. When you are calm and still, you can see things as they truly are. You don't distort things. You are not victim of wrong perceptions. You take the third pebble and put it down on your right.>

4th Pebble: "Freedom"
<You pick up the fourth pebble and look at it for one second and put it back. You are identified as space.>

(Breathing in) I see myself as space.
(Breathing out) I feel free. (freedom)

<3 times. Without freedom, happiness is not complete. If you love someone, offer him (her) freedom, inside and around. If you don't have enough space for yourself, how can you offer space for the person you love? You take the fourth pebble and put it down on your right.>

Sound of the bell

* From 0:35:20 to 0:52:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLi6ZuRpsvo

* For a visual material
http://www.slideshare.net/compassion5151/pebble-meditation