I love finding prayer flags blowing and a Buddha in a quiet garden. I joined friends here, to do the Thich nhat Hanh guided meditation below.
It uses the focus on four aspects of nature: flower - mountain - still water - space. Its beautifully clear, effective formula helps children as well as adults practice mindfulness by bringing into our imagination calming qualities we find in nature, to help us embody them.
Breathing in, I am a flower.
Breathing out, I feel fresh.
Breathing in, I am a mountain.
Breathing out, I feel solid.
Breathing in, I am water.
Breathing out, I am a calm mind, reflecting things as they are.
Breathing in, I am space.
Breathing out, I feel freedom.
Note: If you want more info on sharing this practice with others it will come up online in links to Plum village, and as the ‘4 pebbles’ meditation. It features at many local practice meetings held through the Community of Interbeing, and it’s in the book of suggested guided meditations, ‘Blooming of a Lotus’.
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