“So what, then, does it mean to offer a blessing, to be a blessing?
From Rev. Sandra's Study
All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.—M.C. Richards
Being creative isn’t just for artists.
This month we celebrate emergence, including a butterfly release. Perhaps like me you are fascinated with the dramatic transformation of butterflies.
I practice meditation, yoga, and chanting to foster balance in my life. Yet I still regularly get thrown off kilter. A packed schedule, a disagreement with a friend, or tragic news can cause me to lose my sense of equanimity.
There are many ways I have persevered in my life but also a few ways I have given up or abandoned projects or possibilities.
Intention is not just about will—or about resolutions we make on New Year’s Eve with shaky hope in our hearts—but about our overall everyday vision, what we long for, what we believe is possible for us.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -That perches in the soul -And sings the tune without the words -And never stops - at all -
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the courage it sometimes takes just to live in the world. And I'm not really talking about the big overwhelming things, but just moving through each day with a level of fearlessness and exuberance.
We bear the universe in our beings as the universe bears us in its being. The two have a total presence to each other and to that deep mystery out of which both the universe and ourselves have emerged.
Our religious community is a place where we come to find connection.
We Unitarian Universalists consider ours a thinking person's religion. We use reason and science as sources of our faith. Yet we also exercise emotions. We love to laugh and have fun, and experience the fullness of our lives.
Darkness is recognized for having special gifts to offer us on our spiritual path. But we all know it’s easier to appreciate the darkness