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 found 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”!