Healing Week 1: Don’t Run Away from the Hard Work of Healing

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

At Church:

We learned that healing takes work: courage, commitment, and skill.

Our second UU principle: Be Kind in All You Do (Children Version) 

Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations 

Morning Time:

Laughter Yoga or Mindful Moments with Lea

Consider these words~ “We are not mistakes; we make mistakes. Once we understand this, healing begins.”

Weekly Chalice Lighting:

(by Maureen Killoran)

For every time we make a mistake and we decide to start again:

We light this chalice.

For every time we are lonely and we let someone be our friend:

We light this chalice.

For every time we are disappointed and we choose to hope:

We light this chalice.

Meal Time: 

Discuss: When a friend or family member is hurting, what is your favorite way of helping them heal?

Drive Time:

Listen to this contemporary and moving rendition of a classic song about friendship and healing: You’ve Got a Friend (sung by the cast of Beautiful)

Bed Time: 

Read: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

Let’s Be Enemies by Janice May Udry  (Author), Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

Family Time: 

Everyone fights – The puzzle of hurting and healing

As a family, try completing a puzzle together.  Just like it can be challenging and takes time to fit the pieces of a puzzle together, it can be difficult to fix a friendship when we hurt someone or when someone hurts us. Some people think of healing as putting broken pieces back together. Others think of it as replacing a piece of a puzzle that’s gone missing. Either way, we are reminded of the important role that “pieces” play in healing.

Blessing of Healing

Blessing of healing to you, dear ones. May your body, whatever its state, gift you with vivacity, power, and strength. May your mind, whatever its state, offer you presence and peace. May your heart, whatever its state, know joy, peace, and trust. May all of your wounds and worries be assuaged by the healing presence of your loving family and good friends. And may the grievous ills of our hurting world be healed by our love and ceaseless–but shared–work. 

-Teresa Honey Youngblood

Monthly Meditations

Laughter Yoga

Enjoy the power of healing through laughter.  When was the last time you laughed? I mean really laughed: a solid, hearty, belly-jiggling laugh.  People are 30 times more likely to laugh when they are with others than when alone (Provine 1989).  Laughter yoga helps to ease anxiety, relax, and improve mood by allowing you to stay in the present moment. Your body doesn’t know the difference between a fake laugh and a real one, so move out of your own way, be silly, and breathe. 

To try laughter yoga, you might…

Start by sitting comfortably, ideally with one or more other members of the family.  Just breathe and smile. Then try one or more of the following exercises:

  • Who’s got the best laugh?  Each person takes a turn doing their laugh.
  • Do a big belly laugh; draw circles with your body as you laugh, hands on belly
  • Partner practice: try to make each other laugh
  • Hum: vibrate lips and breathe through your nose while you make eye contact with someone 
  • Baby Laughter: One person must demonstrate how a baby laughs (take turns!). Everybody else then copies the sound and motion(s).
  • Jumping Frog: Squat down, hands on the floor between your knees. Jump once saying “ha”, then a second time saying “ha ha”, a third time saying “ha ha ha”, then jump in fast succession laughing a lot.  Feel free to change sounds.
  • Laughter Vowels: Let’s learn the laughter vowels! Let’s start with “A” as in “hat”: Aaaaa ha ha ha ha ha”. Next is “E” as in “hen”: Eeeee he he he he he. Next is “I” a in “hiccup”: Iiiii hi hi hi hi hi. Next is “O” as in “Otto”: Ooooo ho ho ho ho ho. Last is “U” as in “soup”: Uuuuu hu hu hu hu hu.
  • Marching band laughter.  March around, lift your knees, pump your arms.  Laugh in time.
Mindful Moments with Lea Healing
  • 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: Deep Listening.
  • Since you are using the 4-minute (longer version) video, tell the kids that we are going to sing along with Lea and her children and then listen to their conversation. Tell them that afterwards you will have your own conversation.
  • Center the children before playing the video.
  • After the video talk and listen with your child to discover all the things you heard together