Many have asked me – What are small stones?
I would love to take credit for this concept, but I cannot. Small stones is the mindfulness concept created by Satya and Kaspa at Writing Our Way Home. It is described this way:
small stones will help you connect to the world, in all its richness & complexity & juiciness.
What is a small stone?
A small stone is a short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.
towels and shirts and pillowcases show me the shapes of the breeze
Why write small stones?
When we translate something we’ve seen or experienced into words, it is necessary to pay more attention than we usually would. A few minutes of mindful attention (even once a day) helps us to engage with the world in all its beauty.
To find your own small stones:
1. Keep your eyes, nose, mouth, fingers, ears & your mind open.
2. Notice something.
3. Write it down.
What does a small stone look like?
As long as it’s shortish, anything goes. There are no strict rules as there are for forms such as haiku. small stones are often concrete, specific, and written about ordinary things – birdsong, or a dark grey cloud.
I’ve been writing small stones now for well over two years. Over time, mine have come to me as reminders, encouragement, and as gap moments. I continue to write them because they keep me focused, mindful, and allow me to grow.
I do not normally copyright my small stones. I don’t even consider most of them poetry. However, occasionally I will write a poetic one and those will be copyrighted. If you see one of my small stones (so long as it is not copyrighted) that resonates with you, please feel free to take it, claim it, print it out, post it on your blog, pin it to a memory board, or use it in any way you see fit. You don’t need to credit me.