Today I am starting something new. I am starting the practice of small stones. Small stones are very short descriptions of a moment where you were completely present, completely engaged, completely conscious. For me, a small stone is a tiny fragment of the sacred that is available to us in the seemingly quotidian moment.
It’s a way of calling me back to myself.
So every day I am going to post a small stone. Some moment, some person, some object that I have taken the time to notice and to celebrate in words. It is my hope that this practice will not only continually bring me back to the present, but that it will act as a reminder to stay as compassionate and as non-judgmental as I am able. I’m also hoping that it will help me to hone my writing skills by allowing my voice to express itself in a low pressure form.
I would love it if you joined in too. If you want to find out more about the practice, and read some great tips on how to craft your small stones, read this wonderful post by Fiona Robyn: How to Write Small Stones. She also has a beautiful free e-book called How To Write Your Way Home, which you might also want to check out.
Anyway, without further ado, here is my first small stone… Enjoy!
The brothers stand side by side, one shading their eyes against the sun, the other hauling on the handles of the kite that is dipping and diving through the patchwork blue and grey sky.