Blessing Week 4: Love 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 were reminded that love is a blessing that requires caring for ourselves and others. This is our second principle: justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. When we are living our second principle, we are loving our multicultural community, and it informs our entire way of being.  In other words, showing up with and in love makes a difference in the big picture, in society. How we embody this blessing and belief is by demonstrating openness, giving people respect, and treating people with kindness.

Morning Time:

Body Scanning

or 

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

Consider these thoughts from Wayne Dyer~  “Loving people live in a loving world.”

Drive Time: 

Listen to: A New World by Lea Morris

Weekly Chalice Lighting

Across the distance, the light from within me shines, sending love to all

Across the distance, your light is fuel that warms me

and helps to keep my own light burning

Together, we keep the flame of community burning bright.

~Laura Thompson

Meal Time: 

Discuss: Is there only one type of love? Discuss. 

Bed Time:

Read: What Happened to You? by James Catchpole

Family Time:

Loving Actions

Take turns coming up with creative ways to show love (such as greeting someone, opening the door for someone, kissing boo boos, or offering a drink) which you can do as a game of silent charades.  Basically this means you should act out your “Loving Action” without words so that the other people can guess what you are doing.  You may like to use photographs to inspire ideas for showing love to different people such as grandparents, friends, teachers, and strangers. Sometimes we show love to different people in different ways and it is important to know the appropriate way for each person. If you want, you can challenge each other to do a certain number of loving actions within the next week, month, or other time period of your choosing.

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.