A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles

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Parallax Press, Sep 13, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 64 pages
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A Handful of Quiet presents one of the best known and most innovative meditation practices developed by Thich Nhat Hanh as part of the Plum Village community's practice with children. Pebble meditation is a playful and fun activity that parents and educators can do with their children to introduce them to meditation. It is designed to involve children in a hands-on and creative way that touches on their interconnection with nature. Practicing pebble meditation can help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude, and can help children deal with difficult emotions.

A Handful of Quiet is a concrete activity that parents and educators can introduce to children in school settings, in their local communities or at home, in a way that is meaningful and inviting. Any adult wishing to plant seeds of peace, relaxation, and awareness in children will find this unique meditation guide helpful. Children can also enjoy doing pebble meditation on their own.

Beautiful color illustrations by Wietske Vriezen, illustrator of Planting Seeds (ISBN-13: 978-1-935209-80-5) and Mindful Movements (978-1-888375-79-4).
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Pebble Meditation
20
Pebble Meditation Practice Sheet
40
Making a Pebble Meditation Bag
57
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About the author (2008)

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he teaches the art of mindful living.

Illustrator Wietske Vriezen was born in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. She met Thich Nhat Hanh during a retreat in Holland in 2000 and was touched deeply by his mindfulness teachings and practices. Since then, she has illustrated a number of books based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, most recently Planting Seeds and Mindful Movements. She lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where she works as a psychologist with gifted children.

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