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Meditative Creation with the the four pebbles meditation

Allow me to introduce an excersise that combines meditative creation with the four pebbles meditation , as taught by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. This straightforward and profound practice cultivates presence and strengthens your connection with nature. Each pebble signifies a natural element - flower, mountain, calm water, and space - and encourages us to embrace the attributes of these elements through conscious breathing and mindfulness.

Meditative creation exercise

Each pebble is an essential element in this meditation, acting as an anchor for the qualities we wish to cultivate. The selection of pebbles is a conscious process, looking for those that resonate with our intention. Wash the pebbles to cleanse them of previous energies. While you paint them with symbols that remind you of the elements they represent, maintain a meditative attitude and full attention.


FLOWER: When drawing a flower, focus on your breathing. This exercise reinforces our ability to see the world with a renewed and fresh perspective, something essential to stay happy and light in our daily lives. Breathe and smile while you draw the flower. Remember, you are a flower in the garden of life, and cultivating your freshness is key to your well-being and that of those around you.


MOUNTAIN: When capturing a mountain, allow your breathing to flow naturally. The mountain symbolizes solidity and stability within us. It can be snowy or sunny, full of rocks or covered in grass. Maybe you only need two lines to make a mountain. Breathe and smile while you draw the mountain. Cultivating mindfulness strengthens our ability to be a source of confidence and support, both for ourselves and for others. Stability is a fundamental pillar for happiness and inner peace.


WATER: When drawing water, choose calm settings that reflect calm, such as a serene lake or a lazy river. Breathe and smile as you draw the water. Calm water represents our ability to reflect reality without distortions. Through conscious breathing, we cultivate inner serenity, allowing us to see situations clearly and avoid reactions driven by fear or anger.


SPACE: Finally, when drawing space, be creative. It could be a symbol, the open sky or a vast field. Breathe and smile as you draw the space. We need to have space in ourselves to be happy. This exercise reminds us of the importance of space in our lives. Just like every flower needs space to bloom, we too need indoor and outdoor space to be truly happy and free. Without freedom, no one can be truly happy. By touching the space within us, we are free.



Meditation


Before you begin, create a quiet, cozy space where you can sit without interruptions. Place the pebbles you have painted in front of you, and sit in a comfortable position.


If you have a bell or meditation bowl, begin your practice by ringing it, allowing the vibrations to bring you to a state of mindfulness. Next, take three deep, conscious breaths, gently bringing your attention to the present moment.

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Take the pebble represents a flower. Put it in the palm of your hand, then place your other hand on top of it. Now start practicing with this pebble

Breathing in, I look like a flower.

Breathing out, I feel fresh.

Flower, Freshness.

Silently recite the key words "Flower, Freshness" while taking three breaths. Every time you recite them, you restore your freshness and the flower within you.

After three breaths, look at your pebble, smile at it, and place it on the ground to your right.

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Now take the second pebble and look at it. This pebble represents a mountain. Put it in the palm of your hand, then place your other hand on top of it. Now start practicing with the second pebble:

Breathing in, I look like a mountain.

Breathing out, I feel solid.

Mountain, Solidity.

Recite silently while breathing three times. You have a mountain inside you. You are capable of being solid and stable. After three breaths, place the pebble to your right.

After three breaths, look at your pebble, smile at it, and place it on the ground to your right.

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Take the third pebble and look at it. This pebble represents calm water. Put it in the palm of your hand and place your other hand on it. Begin your practice with the third pebble.

Inhaling, I see myself as calm water.

Breathing out, I reflect things as they are.

Water, Reflecting.

Recite this silently while breathing three times. The calm water is within you. You are calm, clear and collected.

After three breaths, look at your pebble, smile at it, and place it on the ground to your right.

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Now take the fourth pebble. Look at her and smile at her. This pebble represents space. Put it in the palm of your hand and place your other hand on it. Begin the practice with the fourth pebble:

Inspiring, I see myself as space.

Breathing out, I feel free.

Space, Freedom.

Recite the key words silently while breathing three times. The space is within you. When we cultivate spaciousness within and without ourselves, we can offer our acceptance and generosity to our loved ones.

After three breaths, look at your pebble, smile at it, and place it on the ground to your right.

If you have a bell or meditation bowl, ring it and take three deep breaths to end the meditation.

This activity is not only for our own growth and well-being, but also an offering of beauty and peace to the world. By sharing this practice, we extend its benefits, offering freshness, stability, serenity and freedom to all beings. I invite you to experience this creative meditation of the four pebbles, to adorn your environment with these symbols of presence and to cultivate an oasis of peace in your daily life.

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