The Coming of Spring and Easter March 9

mt 1 copy-Mt. Wachusett from Tower Hill in Boylston, MA

Sit Like a Mountain
Thich Nhat Hanh writes:
Sitting quietly, just breathing in and out, we develop strength, concentration and clarity.  So sit like a mountain.  No wind can blow the mountain down.

I recently foundDSCF2622 Hanh’s A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles, a book about teaching children mindfulness. In it, Hanh suggests that children choose a pebble to remind them of  a mountain. As the children hold the pebbles in their hands, they are reminded to be  solid and stable, “like a mountain”.  As a first grade teacher, I adapted Hanh’s advice, and keep a rock in our classroom group area to remind my students to “sit like a mountain”. This simple visualization works amazingly well for my 24 children, as I had hoped. However, the bonus is that there are many times during the day when I like to remind myself to “sit like a mountain”!

About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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