The S.T.U.C.K. Method

Five Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being



rock in waterSitting with my one of my meditation friends the other day, I found myself falling in love with an image that she offered me.

I wanted to share with you.


Imagine yourself as a rock.

Not just a rock sitting on the earth, but a rock firmly set inside a running river.

You, the rock, are “hit” by many things throughout the day:

Cold water,

Warm water;

Fast water that can hurt you,

Slow water that feels nice on your surface;

The bright and hot sunshine,

Cold wind and heavy raindrops from a thunderstorm;

Brown, mucky water,

Crystal clear blue water;

Wet leaves,

and newly fallen leaves;

Plastic wrappers and such,

Rough bumps from kayaks and canoes

Smooth bumps from tubes and rafts;

Sweet sounds of children’s laughter,

Heinous sounds of fear and horror.

You are “hit” with it all.

But, you don’t move.

You just notice.

As each thing passes by.

And, you stay still.

Because you are a rock.


As this holiday of Thanksgiving approaches, and many of us will sit down to a meal with family and friends whom we love, whom we don’t love so much, whom we understand, whom we don’t quite understand, whom we admire, whom we less than admire… perhaps we can try to be a rock for a few moments.  And, allow anything that comes our way, to be an opportunity just to choose to just be still and notice.



Author: Shira Taylor Gura

Well-Being Coach, Podcast Host, Author of the award winning book, Getting unSTUCK: 5 Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being.

2 thoughts on “STUCK on a ROCK

  1. Shir, this is just beautiful! Happy Hanukkah!! Love, me


  2. wow! I love it. It is so beautiful and so poetic the way you wrote it. I want to read it every day. Linda

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