As I spent quite a bit of time at the beach last month I resonated with this pebble meditation as it gave me a connection to my environment. If you’re not at the beach or by a river, I believe you will still find it just as calming as I did.
Here is The Pebble by Thich Nhat Hanh:
Meditate on the image of a pebble thrown in a river.
Sit down in whatever position suits you best half lotus or lotus, back straight, the half-smile on your face, the same smile you see on the face of Buddha.
Breathe slow and deeply, following each breath becoming one with the breath.
Then let go of everything.
Imagine yourself as a pebble which has been thrown into a river. The pebble sinks through the water effortlessly. Detached from everything, it falls by the shortest distance possible, finally reaching the bottom, the point of perfect rest.
You are like a pebble which has let itself fall into the river, letting go of everything. At the centre of your being is your breath. You don’t need to know the length of time it takes before reaching the point of complete rest on the bed of fine sand beneath the water. When you feel yourself resting like a pebble which has reached the riverbed, that is the point where you begin to find your own rest. you are no longer pushed and pulled by anything.
Our work is to find joy in peace of these moments of sitting. If we can’t, then the future itself will only flow by as a river flows by.
This is your own time. This spot where you sit is your own spot. It is on this very spot and in this very moment where you can become enlightened.
Taken from the book “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh.