Today we celebrate the Indigenous People’s of the world.
In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, our Monday Meditation is “We Are Not Guests” by UUA staff member Alicia Forde. It reads, in part:
“Am I a guest here. Here in this House. Are you?
Are we guests here. Here in this House. And, whose House do we inhabit?
In the small world of our lives the borders between us: easements, fences, gates, hedges—serve to delineate, to separate us. To remind us of where my property begins and ends…
Whose House do we inhabit?
For we are not hosts. We are not owners.
Nor are we guests.
What, then, is our responsibility?”
Read it in full from WorshipWeb: http://tinyurl.com/y9rnyvkw
Have a Blessed Day,
Image from https://www.highline.edu/event/celebrate-indigenous-peoples-day/
Eva Moses Kor and her twin sister Miriam were held in Auschwitz and experimented on by Dr. Mengele. Listen to her powerful story.
May you find the strength to forgive so that you may find peace and freedom.
Our Monday Meditation is “Benediction for the Heavy Heart” by UUA staff member Mason Bolton. It reads:
“Good morning. I missed your ‘good’
because a plane, because a truck, because
a gun, because a cop, because a government,
because a people suffering, because too many
people suffering, because war, because famine,
because some mornings it is so hard
to rise, to wake, to be a self.
There is a pause here. There is a deliberate
cessation. I want a cessation to the noise
in my head, to the ache in the collective
heart of this world. When I was young
this seemed possible. . . .
I want your mornings ‘good,’ your evenings ‘good,’
all the late nights and sunrises and afternoons
and moments pressed against the ticking
glass of your life ‘good.’
Breathe. For yourself. For each other. Let
us breathe in when others cannot. When we
can do nothing else. Let us stretch ourselves
open to embrace our friends, extend
our bodies outward to anyone willing to meet us
and even those we think may not be willing. Let us
hold each other for this moment. For this
blink of human existence.”
Read this and other meditations in the new Skinner House Books title “To Wake, To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience” available at inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop http://tinyurl.com/ybsj9f49
I’m still struggling with the concept of meditation with eyes open. This helped a little. Just breathe and watch.
Have a Blessed day,
We are so much more than we allow ourselves to be. So for a few minutes tonight. Sit and reflect on the message of this picture. Reflect on love and freedom. Things we all need and deserve. Things we already are.
[Meditation Minis Podcast] 20 Finding A Safe Place Inside => http://traffic.libsyn.com/meditationminis/20SafePlaceInsideMeditation.mp3 via @Podcast_Addict
So often in this day and age, we are fighting with our own demons of doubt, self-loathing, insecurity, and depression. This meditation is a small step to helping us overcome these inner demons and create a refuge in our soul.