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When you were a child, did you collect pebbles on the beach – or pick them out of the streams you paddled in?
There’s something deeply satisfying, even for the adult hand, about the smoothness and the shape of a water-rounded pebble. Maybe you built miniature dams or pools in the streams or the sea, left cairns of pebbles to mark where you’d been, or dropped them into quiet pools to watch the ripples they made.
You can use pebbles for meditation too, as Zen Monk Thich Nhat Hanh describes in his lovely book of meditations for children, A Handful of Quiet, Happiness in Four Pebbles.
Now you can collect a virtual pebble every week – a beautiful, sometimes quirky, and sometimes pithy, reminder of how to live in the moment (like a child collecting pebbles) and how to be kind to yourself and others. And you can do this without even leaving your home. Here’s a pebble for you now…
Whenever you notice yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet, take your attention to the soles of your feet
If you’re standing, feel where your weight is balanced over each part of your feet; if you’re sitting, concentrate on the feeling of your socks or shoes touching your skin; if you’re in bed, notice the textures and warmth of the duvet or sheets touching your feet.
Bring your awareness to your breathing for a few in-breaths and out-breaths, and then quietly say to yourself “I’m OK just now. I’ll deal with that later, if I need to.” Then you can move on with your day.