“The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens you to love.” ~Teresa of Avila
What practices support awakening love within you? What reminds you to return to yourself so that you can act from your deepest held values and highest ideals?
Being in nature as much as possible, daily gratitude and meditation are three practices that support me in trying to be my best self. As I awake each morning, I set the intention, in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “to live fully in each moment and to look at all being with eyes of compassion.”
For me that includes offering as much space and grace to myself and all those with whom I interact. We are all aiming to get through each day and do all the things we need to do as best as we can. Some days are certainly much harder than others and bring more challenges.
I appreciate the idea that we never know what struggles anyone else is dealing with, so I always strive to be kind. How can we bring more kindness and generosity of spirit into the world in our daily lives? I think it can be a simple as being polite and smiling at those we meet as they will see your smile through your mask when it shows in your eyes. Kind words of affirmation are always appreciated whenever we can share them.
Whatever best awakens you to love, I hope you will make time to do more of that. Our interactions have far reaching ripples in the world, let us strive to keep them positive and moving the arc of the universe farther toward justice. May it be so!
Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
We were thrilled to have 27 stuffed animals participate in our 2nd Stuffie Sleepover this year! Wowsers did they ever have fun! Crafts, games, toys, nature hikes, hide and seek, sidewalk chalk, Labyrnth, stories, tree climbing, meditation, snacks and worship! A great time was had by all! We can’t wait until real kids can be safely together at church again, hopefully this fall!
Video and Zoom RE Classes
Weekly on Sundays
- RE Class for Ages 5-12 – 9:45-10:30 AM
- Cultivating Spiritual Resilience through Mindfulness for Adults – 1:00-2:30 PM at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84100974173
Our monthly youth bonfires have been a hit with both the middle and the high school youth! We had 16 youth and 6 adults at our March gathering. Mark your calendars for April 25 and May 30 where we will be planning the Youth Bridging Service. Thank you to Don Miller for making these happen!