is for small stones.
It’s a lovely mindfulness practice, defined as a short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment. Some people use photographs instead of words and that can be lovely as well.
Whether or not the “small stone” is about something that feels celebratory or ordinary, challenging or joyful doesn’t matter – it’s simply about paying attention. And the act of being mindful is so relevant to a gratitude practice.
The disappointment of not accomplishing what I’d hoped to today feels like weight of a stone in my pocket. And yet I remember how often reaching into my pocket and finding a stone there has brought me such delight and comfort. Literal touchstones to rub and ease the heaviness of my heart.
I collect stones of all sorts and they’re all precious to me. But today I’m paying special attention to my heart stones. A small stone each one of them. But they fill my heart. And I am grateful.
What about you? Do you have a favorite stone? Something else that you collect? What has today brought that you can add to your gratitude list? Do tell – you know I love to hear.