Prelude: “By Your Grace – Jai Gurudev” by Krishna Das
Welcome: Call from Beyond By Susan Maginn
Welcome Song: #361 Enter Rejoice and Come In
Chalice Lighting: Come, yet again, come By Anne Slater
Song: Come, Come Whoever You Are
Offering and Response (Unison)
For the gifts which we have received—and the gifts which we, ourselves, are—may we be truly grateful. Yet more than that, may we be committed to using these gifts to make a difference in the world: to increase love and justice; to decrease hatred and oppression; to expand beloved community; to share, and to keep sharing, as long as ever we can. Amen.
Lesson Part 1 : Why Meditate?
If you google, Why Meditate, you will get a lot of answers, from a lot of places. The same is true if you were to Google, benefits of meditation.
Meditation helps reduce stress and therefore helps to reduce anxiety and raise productivity.
Meditation helps you focus.
Meditation opens up your mind to new possibilities.
Meditation can help you sleep better.
Meditation increases a sense of connection to yourself and to others.
Meditation increases our ability to get out there and connect with others as a result of feeling more connected to ourselves and clearer and more confident about what is happening inside us.
Video from the Dalai Lama