Upper Elementary Meditation Practice
This year we wanted to help the students be more mindful in their thoughts and deeds. To do this, Carla taught them a simple form of meditation using four pebbles. The pebble practice was invented by Thich Nhat Hanh as a tangible way for children to focus on their breathing and connect with the world around them. The pebble practice is a very simple meditation you can do anywhere. To meditate is to think quietly about something. In this meditation, each pebble represents a different image in nature: a flower, a mountain, calm water, and space. Each image embodies a particular quality. The flower is our beauty, our freshness. The mountain represents our solidity. Calm water helps us to cultivate stillness and calm. The last pebble represents space and freedom.