Find a small smooth pebble and decorate it with an image or words.
Pick up your pebble and smile at it. Consider that the pebble represents space. Put it in the palm of your hand and place your other hand over it.
Breathing in, say to yourself, “I see myself as space”.
Breathing out, “I feel free, space free”.
Recite this silently to yourself as you breathe in and out three times. Space is within you. When we cultivate spaciousness inside and outside of us, we can offer our acceptance and generosity to others. Like the moon travelling through the beautiful night sky we have the capacity for space and freedom no matter where we are. Without freedom we cannot be truly happy. When we touch the space inside of us, we are free.
Adapted from Thich Nhat Hanh’s beautiful book ‘A Handful of Quiet. Happiness in Four Pebbles’.