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
We learned how to heal by telling the truth. We used our 4th and 8th UU principles to help us: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life. We must work together for diversity and against racism & oppression.
Consider this thought by Belle Hooks~ Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.
Listen to: One Day by Matisyahu (Kindness boomerang edition)
Discuss: What are you grateful for?
Weekly Chalice Lighting:
(by Katie Gelfand)
We light our chalice as a symbol of gratitude
as we celebrate the abundance of our lives together.
In this sanctuary we harvest bushels of strength for one another,
and offer our crop with the hands of compassion and generosity.
In the authentic and gentle manner of our connections,
we cultivate a simple sweetness to brighten our spirits.
May we be grateful for the ways we nourish and uplift each other,
For it is the sharing of this hallowed time together that sustains us.
Read: Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheli
Have each family member draw or write down something they are thankful for on strips of paper, and use the strips to create a gratitude chain, which can be hung up at home, maybe in a shared space, as a reminder of all you have to be grateful for.
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
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: Healing.
- 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