Blessing Week 3: Discovery 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 we are always learning and growing. Such discovery, in fact all discovery, is a blessing. This is really about our third UU principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth in our congregations. In other words, as the Reverend Rob Hardies says, we discover “spaciousness in our own souls; we realize that we need souls that can take in the world in all its complexity and diversity, that can be in love and in relationship with all this complexity.” 

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 thoughts by Quentin Blake~ “ Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly.”

Drive Time: 

Listen to: Here Comes the Sun by Mauve

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

Meal Time: 

Discuss: What is the most interesting discovery you’ve made? What is the most interesting discovery humans have made?

Bed Time:

Read: Ada Twist, Scientist

Family Time:  

I-Spy-Sky’s-the-Limit Sensory Container

People of all ages get immersed in this project, both in making and then using later. In addition to the creative joy of making them, sensory containers are great refocusing and calming tools as well as a welcome distraction (it’s especially useful to keep these in the car on longer drives and/or if you get stuck in traffic).

Materials needed

  1. Container
    1. Plastic bottle or other clear container with a secure lid
  2. Funnel 
  3. Filler
    1. Option 1: water and glitter
    2. Option 2: sand or small beads
  4. Objects of interest (anything you want that fits through the container opening)
    1. colorful rocks
    2. Small toys
    3. Vending machine type prizes
    4. Tiny plastic animals
  5. Hot glue gun

Steps

  1. Remove any labels from the container and clean and dry it
  2. Add the objects to the container, largest to smallest
    1. An interesting discussion to have while you do steps 2 and 3: why is it important to add the objects from largest to smallest and then add the filler? What might happen if this was done in a different order? Consider how this can teach us something about prioritizing what’s important in our lives.
  3. Using the funnel, add the filler to the container until the container is about 80% full.
  4. Add hot glue to the inside rim of the lid/cap of the container. Then screw the lid/cap on to close the container permanently so it can be turned upside down or fall over without creating a mess.
  5. Once cooled, enjoy turning your sensory container around and around to find the different objects you’ve included.

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.