August Blessing Week 2: Wisdom is a Blessing

Throughout our abundant lives, we can find simple and quick ways to connect our learning and growth at church to our lives at home. 

BLESSING: Spotify Playlist 

At Church: 

We learned where to find our wisdom. As UU’s, we have our principles and our sources. We have the knowledge and experience of prophetic voices as well as our own lives and the people in them. The most magnificent thing is that we can learn from our mistakes; we have the freedom to be imperfect. Wisdom is a way of seeing the world; it’s not about how much you know. What a blessing to know that anyone of any age can have wisdom if they are willing to learn the lessons the universe offers.

Morning Time:

Body Scanning

or 

Mindful Moments with Lea: Remember that The Story  is the Blessing.

Consider these words by Thomas Goodwin~ “Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.” 

Drive Time:

Listen to: Strength, Courage, and Wisdom by India.Arie

Weekly Chalice Lighting

We seek our place in the world

and the answers to our hearts’ deep questions.

As we seek, may our hearts be open to unexpected answers.

May the light of our chalice remind us that this is a community of warmth,

of wisdom, and welcoming of multiple truths.

~Julianne Lepp

Meal Time: 

Discuss: What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? What kinds of wisdom do kids have? What kinds of wisdom do adults have?

Bed Time:

Read: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Family Time:

Wise Wonderings

The difference between knowledge and wisdom can be fun to play with. Discuss the following topics and prompts, whether in the car, at dinner, or when waiting for an appointment, etc.

  • What are five things you would take with you if you were marooned on an island?
  • Tomatoes are fruits, so why don’t people put tomatoes in fruit salad? What other foods require both knowledge and wisdom: bananas are herbs, potatoes can be prepared 63 different ways, etc.
  • Rattle off your times tables as fast as you can; maybe make it a race, either against yourself (with a stopwatch) or against another person. Then discuss, why do we memorize these?
  • If you had a magic wand, what would you choose to change?
  • Would you rather questions are also fun to discuss and ponder.

Blessing of BLESSING

May the month ahead call forth the good in your life and your ability to see it, whether it be something from an experience or some quality of your person. To bless is to sanctify; to recognize the presence of grace; to confer well-being or prosperity upon others; to endow; or invoke divine favor upon others or ourselves. Giving gratitude for our blessings is a way to recognize and honor them. John O’Donohue writes in his book To Bless the Space Between Us, “The word blessing evokes a sense of warmth and protection; it suggests that no life is alone or unreachable. Each life is clothed in a raiment of spirit that secretly links it to everything else. Though suffering and chaos befall us, they can never quench that inner light of providence.” However you define it, this month and beyond, may your blessings be gifts that open doors to healing, connection, meaning, and transformation.

-Wendy Williams, edited by Karey Sutton

Monthly Meditations

Body Scanning

This is a good beginner’s technique, especially if focusing on meditation feels like a challenge. Body scanning is actually a great way to cultivate the gentle curiosity we need to bring to a meditation.

Centering: Let’s now get into our meditation positions.

  • Sit comfortably in your chair or on the floor.
  • Put your hands on your lap or on your knees.
  • Sit up nice and tall.
  • Focus your eyes in front of you.
  • Find your breath moving in your body by taking in one breath through your nose and then slowly breathing it out through your mouth.

Practicing

  1. Imagine a photocopier-style scanner slowly moving over you, detecting any physical sensations within the body, without analysis and without trying to change what you feel.
  2. With your eyes closed and starting at the top of the head, mentally scan down your body, from head to toe. As you scan, notice which parts feel relaxed or tense, comfortable or uncomfortable, light or heavy, and so on and so forth. You are simply building a picture of how the body feels right now, in the moment. 
  3. Each scan should take about 20 seconds. Thoughts may well arise and distract you. If so, simply return to the area of the body where you last left off. In making the body scan a part of your meditation, you are familiarizing yourself with bringing awareness to your thoughts and feelings.

Mindful Moments with Lea: Remember that The Story  is the Blessing.

  • Remind the child(ren) about the importance of calming ourselves so we can better focus on each other and our time together.
  • Tell them that a special friend named Lea has sung a song for us that gives us a context for this month’s theme.
  • Center the child(ren) before playing the video.
  • After the video, talk and listen with your child to discover all the things you heard together.