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The Quiet Lake

Imagine you are sitting beside a quiet lake...

It is a bright sunny day and you can hear birds singing in the trees nearby...

You can feel the warmth of the sun on your head and shoulders...

You can smell the wild flowers and the plants growing by the water’s edge...

You feel very happy and contented, being here....

 

You pick up a small stone and throw it into the water....  

Can you hear the lake gulp as it swallows the stone...

And look... where it lands ripples spread outwards in circles....

Watch closely as the circles grow larger and larger...

yet fainter, and fainter as they reach further....

 

Notice how the sunlight dances on the ripples,

Making the water glisten like scattered crystals...

 

Keep watching as the ripples settle, and the surface of the water steadies itself, until it is smooth and still once again...

 

Enjoy the feeling of being beside this calm, quiet lake.

Here you feel calm and happy and safe....

 

You kneel down and peer into the lake.

The water is so still now it has become like a smooth mirror.

Can you see your face reflected there?

 

You and the lake are one.

 

It is as though you have become the quiet lake....

 

PAUSE

 

Now it’s time to leave your lake and return to the classroom...

You are quite happy to do this because you know that you can return to your lake at any time....

It will always be there, waiting for you....

 

Open your eyes... have a big stretch and wiggle your toes...

 

 

 

Children could draw a picture of themselves sitting at their lake and write words that describe their feelings on or around their picture.

 

How did the visualisation make you feel?

Did anything surprise you?  

 

What kind of things cause the lake to ripple and move?  

 

What kind of things might cause you to feel unsettled ?What helps you to feel calm again?

 

Did you enjoy visiting your lake?  When and why might you choose to return?

 

 

 

 

The image of a still Lake is used a lot in Buddhist meditation and could be used as an introduction to

Buddhist techniques and practises.  

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