A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway to life.
I love this quote – stay calm and focus! It’s a great reminder to get things into perspective. We can build ourselves up into fraught anxiety focusing intently on a problem, yet we can choose to take a step back and become more objective. Create a powerful pause by taking a few breaths breathed with awareness. And if you can sit and meditate on your breath for 10 minutes or more, even better. Choose to place your focus away from the worry and on to your present moment.
Life is short – we’re continually reminded of this. So it’s worth living it, not laden down with rocks in our pockets, but with humour, kindness and love. You might even find you’re bounding over those pebbles with a spring in your step and a smile on your face! Your choice to stay calm and focus!
Mindfulness Tip from Lisa shared at Place of Serenity’s Weekly Meditation: Keep a little pebble (or a shell) nearby, to remind you not to get caught up in negative drama!
And if you’ve enjoyed this short post, do pass it on or comment below if you have a simple mindfulness tip like this!
Pebble for your Pocket Meditation from Thich Nhat Hanh – choose 4 pebbles to represent 4 aspects to focus on.
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Coach
Place of Serenity, Petersfield, Hants, UK