Sunday, February 28, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
"I believe in the power of one and that we are all bound by the thread of oneness and humanity." Dia Mirza
Through our teaching we recognize there is One Mind, or One Spirit that expresses itself through Infinite connections. You and I are a part of this One Life. We may live in different parts of the World, yet we share one planet. Our resources come from this planet we share. Our traditions and languages may be different, yet every person has the ability to act from loving kindness. To treat themselves and others with fairness and to show compassion.
The Golden Rule is about learning to see, acknowledge and respect the sameness in all of us. Through the Golden Rule we also learn to establish a positive self perception. In order to treat others with kindness we first show kindness to ourselves.
The words of the golden rule are spoken in a variety of ways. The common english version is: "Do unto others as you would have the do unto you." In other words, "Treat others the way you wish to be treated."
"Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are." Harold S. Kushner
Here are a few examples from Faith traditions around the world:
Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss."
Islam: "Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you."
Christianity: "Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself"
Buddhism: "Hurt not others in ways that you would find hurtful."
"To love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves means to see God in everything and to include everyone in one divine unity." Ernest Holmes
Have you ever noticed that a small act of kindness has the power to brighten your day? That same kindness when shared by you with another person creates an uplifting ripple effect, inviting them to treat others with kindness too. Why do you think that is? How does it feel when people are kind to you?
Now try a different path. Have you ever noticed that a harsh word spoken to or at you can leave you feeling small or sad?
When we use our words in a harsh and unkind way to others it does not make us more powerful, it turns us into a bully. The Golden rule works here too ~ Do not to others, which would cause you pain if done to you.
You get to choose every day, every moment how you wish to show up in the world, and how you wish to treat the people around you. What will you choose today?
“My life flows from the universal wellspring of Spirit/God's Love” Susan Robinson, RScP
"My thoughts have power, I choose the good ones." Unknown
"I Am One with God, You are One with God, We are One with God" Unknown
"I help create a world where it is safe to love each other." Louise Hay
Sunday, February 14, 2021
I am a Healing Presence - A short healing meditation from Unity https://youtu.be/zfhjJGKB2Fc
Cupids Bow Breathing - Think of someone to send loving kindness or healing to. Stretch both your arms toward the sky, knuckles together. Pull one fist back towards your chest, while breathing in deeply. The breathe out, making a whooshing sound as you bring the arm back up to the arm still in the sky. Open your closed hands, and sprinkle love and kindness down around the person you are now imagining is in front of you. Repeat as desired for anyone else you wish to send loving kindness or healing to. (Adapted from the book, Mindful Arts in the Classroom- Andrew Jordan Nance)
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Practicing Presence and Self Awareness with a Clean Slate
We envision humanity awakening to its spiritual magnificence and discovering the creative power of thought; a world where each and every person discovers his/her own personal power and ability to create an individual life that works within a world that works for everyone.
It may very well be that children have an easier time being present than adults do. To be in the moment, is the natural state of life. It is the only moment we can be in. We can not go back to the past and the future isn't here yet. However our minds sometimes get stuck in thoughts of the past, or day dream of things to come in the future. When this happens we aren't fully aware of our present, our now. Taking time to explore the way we think is a spiritual practice. It helps us focus and notice when our minds drift to other thoughts.
"If you're always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou
When we begin to think about our thinking it's helpful to ask ourselves a few questions to explore what holds our attention and what causes distraction. When we know what those things are, we are better able to navigate being in the present moment instead of daydreaming about the past/future or some other grand adventure. Here are a few questions to get you started. When are you the most alert and focused? (In the morning? after a meal? when you've had a good nights sleep?) What are some of the things that distract you from being fully present in the moment? Is there a pattern of thought that occurs or reoccurs? Do you often think about things in the past or future, and if so which one? What are some of your favorite ways to be in the present moment?
"Your emotions are energy in motion. They need a creative and safe way to express through you." Adrienne Cherry
Our emotions also play a part in how well we are present and self aware. If we've had an emotional upset it may take a minute, or 30, to become present in the now. The same thing happens when we've had a really amazing experience. Our thoughts pull us backward so we can feel the joy a bit longer. The term "A Clean Slate" comes from the time when people would write on a chalk board. Starting from a clean slate, meant that you wiped the board clean and started fresh. Sometimes we need to do this with our thoughts in order to become present. Take a moment to imagine erasing away all the distracting thoughts from your mind. Let them disappear into nothing. Then slowly open your eyes and get on with the task at hand.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here are a few affirmations to help you remain in the Now ~ Present and Self Aware.
"I am open to the promise of a clean slate which every moment holds." Rev. Cindy Grimes
I give myself permission to to take care of the spirit within me -Adrienne Cherry
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” Alice Morse Earle
February is also Black History Month. Below are a few website links that you and your family can explore to bring greater awareness and presence in your home and the world.
Creative Activities ~ Mindfulness ~ Meditations ~ Music.
5 things you can see - (describe them)
4 things you can touch - (give details are they warm, cold, soft, textured)
3 things you can hear - (listen carefully. Are they far/lose, loud/quiet, consistent/changing?)
2 things you can smell - (close your eyes and tune into your senses)
1 thing you can taste - (it could be something you ate, or want to eat or a memory)
Have a wonderful week of practicing presence and self awareness!
Additional content gratitude to: Adrienne Cherry, Shiya Stone, Janell Shiers
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