LivingWithout Stress or Fear. The idea is to gather four different pebbles to represent "distinct aspects of your true nature to live in happiness and free of fear and suffering. The first pebble shall represent a flower; the second a mountain; the third, still water; and the fourth, space." The whole meditation can be found here, but today I want to focus on what each pebble represents.
flower ~ represents freshnessPick up the first pebble and visualize it as a flower. As a matter of fact, see yourself as a flower and feel fresh as you breathe in and out three times. Become fully a flower, as much as you are able. again. I think I'll imagine myself like those jonquils above, which are growing now at my friend Ginnie's house.
mountain ~ think of solidity
still water ~ is about reflection
space ~ equals having freedom
The second pebble serves as your mountain. See yourself as a mountain and feel solid. We can be solid because there’s a mountain inside each of us. Think of yourself as solid, stable, and steadfast in spite of any mental or emotional winds. It's possible to stand confident and unmovable like a mountain. See the strong stones behind the jonquils
Pick up the third pebble and visualize it as still water. Reflect on things as they truly are, and feel calm. Don't let anger, jealousy, or fear bring turbulence to inner waters. Cultivate peace of mind by being calm.
The fourth pebble represents space. Feel free by freeing up space and emptiness. With freedom and space, there's room for happiness.
This YouTube presented by Plum Village brother Thay Phap Huu remind us of our flower freshness, mountain solidity, calm water clarity and spacious freedom ("Pebble for your pocket meditation," YouTube, 6:21 minutes). Ha! The video even shows jonquils like Ginnie's.