Monday, November 24, 2014

Contemplative Monday

The following quote is taken from 'The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh' (click)
published by Shambhala Pocket Classics.


" My dear friends, suppose someone is holding a pebble and throws it in the air
and the pebble begins to fall down into a river.
After the pebble touches the surface of the water, it allows itself to sink slowly into the river.
It will reach the bed of the river without any effort.
Once the pebble is at the bottom of the river, it continues to rest.
It allows the water to pass by.

I think the pebble reaches the bed of the river by the shortest path
because it allows itself to fall without making any effort.
During our sitting meditation we can allow ourselves to rest like a pebble.

We can allow ourselves to sink naturally without effort to the position of sitting,
the position of resting.
Resting is a very important practice,
we have to learn the art of resting."


  1. Lovely thought, and I will make sure I have a smooth grey pebble handy, when I need to have some quiet minutes. Not that we need to actually have the pebble, but a smooth stone has that wonderful magic. Do you have a pebble handy Jim, ? with all those beautiful stones on your shoreline, it would be hard to choose just one. Jean.

  2. I love the life analogy to the pebble. Very deep post here, Jim. Thanks as always for provoking introspection. Have a Happy Monday!

  3. I keep having to repeat this course... Resting 101!

  4. Thank you always Jim, for these gems and outstanding photos that give me hope, you're a great guy!

  5. Good post, Jim - Can one ever rest too much?

  6. Be like a pebble ~ now that I can relate to, geologist that I am. My problem is that I'm a rolling stone, banging and bumping along the bottom in a fast flowing river. Maybe I should have landed in a delta instead of the mountains ~ LOL! I know you'll find spaces of rest in your world today. Loving Thich Nhat Hanh's words! Check out my blog today!

  7. Interesting
    I am not sure I can be that pebble, but it is interesting

  8. I just love these photos, they have something magical in them...

  9. Beautiful analogy. I think this is one lesson I've mastered. :)

  10. Lovely pictures and thoughts! I found your blog through the Oh How I Miss You blog fest. Another blogger said she'd miss you if you were gone. I had to come by and see what you were all about. I can see why she'd miss you!

  11. I always enjoy your Monday posts, Jim.



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