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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 States--a wonderful area for nature photography. Using a standard point-and-shoot camera, I celebrate the nature found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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