We considered who we are meant to become. Our purpose is to become who we are gifted to become. What unique gifts do we have to share with the world? This is for us to find out for our whole lives. Growing into what is special and unique about us isn’t always easy; society may pressure us to become something we’re not. But doing the soul work of our lives is always worth it. Our UU faith guides us in this lifelong journey; it tells us to “Resist what others want you to be and become your true and unique self!”
Letting Go or Mindful Moments with Lea: BECOMING (Springtime Will Come)
Consider these words by Anais Nin~
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Listen to: This Little Light of Mine performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock
Weekly Chalice Lighting:
Blessed is the fire that burns deep in the soul. It is the flame of the human spirit touched into being by the mystery of life. It is the fire of reason; the fire of compassion; the fire of community; the fire of justice; the fire of faith. It is the fire of love burning deep in the human heart; the divine glow in every life.
~Eric A Heller-Wagner
Discuss: What unique gifts do you have to share with the world?
Read: The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Toilet Paper Tube Seed Starters
Each seed, just like each person, is full of possibility. What it may grow into and exactly how and when it will do so is unique. It depends on nature as well as nurture. As winter gives way to spring, even in our unpredictable Colorado weather, planting seeds is a timely task, both naturally and symbolically. As the world grows, so might we. What gifts can we offer the world?
- Gather supplies together:
- 10-12 toilet paper tubes
- 2-3 cups of seed starting mix
- 2-3 kinds of seeds (Not sure what to plant when? Click here for a handy Sow What? chart.)
- 1 plastic container
- Add water to seed starting mix and stir to moisten
- Make 5 small cuts around one end of each toilet paper tube. Then fold the flaps in to create a bottom.
- Fill each toilet paper tube with seed starter mix.
- Label tubes with a sharpie so you’ll remember which seeds you planted where.
- Plant 2-3 seeds in each toilet paper tube. Cover with more seed starter mix.
- Place toilet paper tubes in container for easy watering. Water plants by adding water to the container, not the top of the plants.
- Place container in sunny spot and wait for the plants to break through!
- When time to plant outside, place toilet paper tubes directly in soil.
Note! Next week’s Family Time activity builds on this one!
Blessing of BECOMING
What is becoming of us, beloved? We ask this again and again, with care and curiosity: what is becoming of us?
As we change–inevitably, sometimes uncomfortably–may we choose dynamism over stubbornness, transformation over safe sameness, possibility over status-quo.
May we flow instead of calcify, remembering there are paths away from mistakes, and we can always make more room for those joining the current.
May we reach toward one another and toward interdependence. May we seek and make contact and community as if our lives depend on it, which of course, they do.
May we lead with love, and carry grace; becoming is hard work, and people doing hard things often struggle to be at their best.
-Teresa Honey Youngblood
Mindfulness is helpful in letting go. We enter into the present and let go of the past and the future, simply by breathing in and out, and noticing our breath.
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.
Mindful Moment: Letting Go
- Guide them in taking three slow deep breaths in and out.
- You may like to count “1, 2, 3” for each breath in and “1, 2, 3” for each breath out, pausing slightly at the end of each exhale.
- Let’s take breaths and then reflect each time and share our experience. Encourage the child(ren) to think about how the breath feels, answering the following questions:
- Invite the child(ren) to put both hands on their belly.
- Can you feel your hands being moved by your breath?
- What is moving your hands? [PAUSE and answer]
- Take another few breaths.
- Can you feel the air moving in through your nose? [PAUSE and answer]
- Take another few breaths.
- Can you feel it moving out through your nose? [ PAUSE and answer]
- Take a few breaths.
- Does the air feel a little colder on the way in and warmer on the way out?
- Take a few breaths.
- Can you hear your breath?
- Take a few more breaths.
- What does it sound like?
- Take a final few breaths.
- While we were breathing, did you let go of any thoughts or distractions? Mindfulness can help us let go.
Reflection: How did it feel to be just breathing? Did it feel like you could let go?
Mindful Moments with Lea BECOMING (Springtime Will Come)
- Remind the children 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 written a song for us to learn and it is a song that teaches us about the importance of this month’s theme: Springtime Will Come.
- Center the children before playing the video.
- After the video, talk and listen with your child to discover all the things you heard together.