Blessing Week 2: Play 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 that play is a blessing because it gives us access to joy.  Joy liberates us and offers us the chance to help free others as well. Such liberation theology taps us into our sources, which “challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.” What a blessing that something as seemingly simple as play can help us do this.

Morning Time:

Turn on the Sun Switch (version of alternate nostril breathing)

or 

Mindful Moments with Lea about how to live BLESSING: 

Somebody Come and Play and remember that we are Lifted in Love

Consider these words from Teena Marie~ “You never know where a blessing can come from.”

Drive Time:

Listen to: I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash

Weekly Chalice Lighting

Fire consumes, and casts a bright light.

May our chalice flame consume our regrets for the past,

our fears about the future, and our worries about today.

May it light for us a path of joy and peace.

~Debra Burrell

Meal Time: 

Discuss: What makes play and joy so valuable? What other valuable blessings do you see in your life?

Bed Time:

Read: The Very Cranky Bear

Family Time:

Treasure Hunt for Play

Our neighborhoods are full of fun things to play with! Below are some “supplies” along with suggestions for how you might play with them. We are certain you will find exactly what you need to play some great games together!

Find rocks…

  • Who can stack them the tallest?
  • Build huts and caves out of them
  • Make a path to find the hidden treasure

Find sticks…

  • Play pick-up sticks
  • Make stick pictures
  • Tie bundles together with long pieces of grass

Find tall weeds…

  • Make flower crowns
  • Pretend to cook (but don’t eat them unless a trusted adult tells you they are edible)
  • Pretend hair salon, using weeds as shampoo
  • Pretend to be snakes slithering through the grass

Find mud, sand, or other earth…

  • Make mud pies
  • Bury each other’s toes or fingers
  • Uncover earthworms (and gently recover them again!)

Find seeds, berries, or flowers…

  • Make a flower crown
  • Make clothes for fir-cone dolls or creatures
  • Make mandalas

Find your shadows                                    

  • Play shadow tag
  •  Make shadow animal impressions
  •   See who can make their shadow the tallest

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

Turn on the Sun Switch (version of alternate nostril breathing)

This breathing meditation will help to center, balance, and turn up your energy. Think of your nose like a light switch. If you feel really tired, reset and refuel your energy with this breathing 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. Straighten your left hand so all your fingers are pointed toward the sky.  Take your left thumb and gently close off the left side of your nose.
  2. Close your mouth and take a long, slow breath in through the right side of your nose.
  3. Then, slowly breathe out through the right side of your nose. Relax your body and feel the warm sun energy flow through you.
  4. Repeat this three to eight more times.  When you’re done, press your hands together in front of your heart (anjali mudra or prayer pose).
  5. Take a deep inhale as you raise your hands above your head. As you exhale, sweep your arms open around your body to create a beautiful sun around you.

Why this works

Your right  nostril is connected to the sun energy in your body. When you do right-nostril breathing, it focuses and connects you, your body, and your mind in strength and energy.

Mindful Moments with Lea about how to live BLESSING: 

Somebody Come and Play and remember that we are Lifted in Love

  • 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 written songs for us that teach us important things about 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.