Meditation month: Day 19

by 201monthsblog

There was a lot of thinking activity in today’s meditation, with one or two moments of peace.

One thought stream is worth noting here. Remembering Thich Nhat Hahn’s comment about sitting like a pebble, I pictured a pebble on the bed of a stream.

It occurred to me that this pebble changes the flow of water in the stream, which affects the whole stream from start to finish. Without this pebble, the stream would not be the same.

And so it is with us. Even though we might not think our existence is “doing anything”, we have an effect on the entire planet.

A pebble in a still pond (you can see how I was trying to quieten my thinking) is still significant. It will experience constant change, through the weather altering the volume of water around it, and experience geological time, spanning millions of years.

I realised the significance of each pebble. In terms of consciousness as I currently understand it, each pebble is known (and knowing). As a material object created in (and by) consciousness, every pebble is “holy” — unimaginably special. Everything we see, touch and consume is holy in this sense.

I can’t think of anything to add, so I probably stopped this thought stream at this point.

If you haven’t seen it, here is a meditation created by Thich Nhat Hahn called “The pebble meditation“. It’s a lovely meditation and suitable for children.