ImaginationWeek 5: Visit Other Worlds – Imagine Our Interconnectedness

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

At Church: 

We learned that we need to nurture our imaginations so that we can dream up new worlds. Whether it is through stories like Lord of the Rings or classic fairy tales, there is something powerful about using our imagination to visit and create new places. It allows us to transcend our limits and indulge in an escape now and then. It also allows us to learn life lessons while in a pretend world. So what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into becoming a people of imagination? It tells us to “Use your imagination to visit and dream up other worlds!”

Morning Time:

The Freedom Burrito or Mindful Moments with Lea

Consider this thought by Theodore Geisel/Dr. Seuss

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.

Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a

way of looking at life through the wrong end of

a telescope. Which is what I do, and that

enables you to laugh at life’s realities..”

Drive Time:

Listen: We Are the World by the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir

Meal Time: 

Discuss: Has something unbelievable ever happened to you, such that afterward you couldn’t tell if it was real or imagined?  Maybe a dream?  If not, have you ever watched a movie that completely captured your imagination and took you somewhere new?  Share about it.

Weekly Chalice Lighting:

(by Sharon Wylie)

…Let this be the place you consider what you’ve never considered;

Let this be the place you imagine for yourself something new and unthinkable.

May this hour bring dreams of new ways of being in the world.

Come, let us worship together.

Bed Time:

Read: Flotsam by David Wiesner

Journey by Aaron Becker

Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy

Family Time:

Escape into a Beloved Fantasy

Talking Points and Takeaways: 

Introduce the activity by pointing out that sometimes our imagination helps us escape into a bit of fantasy for a while.  Many popular stories and movies feature an escape into fantasy.

We can learn lessons from imagining a different world.

Go for a walk through some popular children’s fantasies and see the transition from real life to pretend. We’ve created a Google SlideShow with links to YouTube video excerpts, or use the same links below.

Mary Poppins Chalk Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy7XEMeBROQ (00-2:05)

Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe – the wardrobe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwuqA1Ys9Zo

Harry Potter – Platform 9 ¾: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4hyAAV1kwQ

Alice in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q93VrYOXSe8

Peter Pan – to Neverland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ikvTYmANp4

Wizard of Oz – Entering Technicolor:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6D8PAGelN8

Chat about It Prompts/Questions:

  • What is your favorite story?
  • Each of these stories has a “just pretend” part. Which one would you like to visit?

Blessing of Imagination

When we imagine liberty–true freedom–for all people everywhere, may we grant our spirits a dance of joy.  When we imagine friendship and understanding among siblings across all cultures, may we reach out our hands in anticipation of that one-day clasp of mutuality.  When we imagine our loved ones coming to harm, may we feel the warmth of the Source of Love that lives in each of us, and here find faith that all will be well.  When we imagine the fragility of our democracy, in our own muscles may we feel the strength of those working for voices and votes for all.  When we imagine what has never been, what isn’t, what could not be, may possibility dawn, as well as a vision of a beautiful, new future, beginning with our very next thought and action… So may it be, and we imagine it so.

-Teresa Honey Youngblood

Monthly Meditations

The Freedom Burrito

Sometimes we get wrapped up in an emotion, an argument, a project, or a hug.  This meditation helps us practice letting go of the parts of each day, both good and bad, so that we are free to rest and move forward.  It requires your imagination!

To make the Freedom Burrito:

  1. Start by laying down comfortably at the edge of a blanket you like the texture of.  Close your eyes, breathe, and relax. Pay attention to the feel of the blanket against you.  
  2. Imagine something you got wrapped up in during your day, or something you would benefit from letting go of.  As you add details to the picture you’re imagining, slowly roll yourself up in your blanket.  Keep your eyes closed, and focus on the event or emotion from your day as you roll.
  3. Once you’re rolled up in your blanket like a burrito, take a pause and notice how you feel.  Can you move your arms and legs?  How does your belly feel?  Depending on what you got wrapped up in during your day, your blanket burrito may feel good… or it may feel like too much!  That’s okay.
  4. Once you’re aware of how you feel, imagine yourself in the most comfortable, reassuring hug anyone has ever given you.  Try sharing that hug with however you’re feeling, like two puppies meeting in the park.
  5. Imagine letting those puppies go; watch them run around in the park in your mind’s eye.  Let your emotions and the events of your day go with them.  Let them be free.
  6. Slowly start to unroll your blanket burrito, and start to stretch your arms and legs.  Let your body and whatever you were wrapped up in go, like those puppies.  Feel the freedom in your heart, mind, and body.

Mindful Moments with Lea IMAGINATION

  • 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: Stillness.
  • 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