UU Lent 2022 – Day 21 – Rest

A Meditation of Release and Rest

Our bodies carry us through the day. We forget that our bodies are our home. 

A place to be ourselves. A place to release. A place to love. 

We are going to move our bodies. Feel free to move in the most comfortable way for your body. With each movement, feel the tension and worry leaving your body. 

Take a deep breath

Drop your head to your chest. Take another breath rolling your head in a circle over your shoulders. Take another breath and roll your head the other way. Return your head to center 

Take a deep breath bringing your shoulders as high as you can. Let them drop as you let go of the tensions of the day and release your breath. repeat

Stretch out your arms and wiggle them 

Wiggle your fingers

Bend your torso to the left, right, front, and back.

Make a circle with your hips. Move them in some way that brings them back to you so that they are yours alone. 

Wiggle your knees, unlock them if you are standing

Tense the muscles in your calves.

Pointe and flex your feet

Wiggle your toes

Let the movement of your body send the day away. 

Let the movement of your body bring you back to you.

“This is about more than naps. This is about more than naps. This is about more than naps. … This work is saving the lives of so many and saved my life. This work should be respected as a balm for all of humanity. Find ways to connect back to your body and mind. Find ways to intentionally slow down. Find ways to re-imagine and snatch rest right now. It is your divine and human right to do so. WE WILL REST!” – The Nap Bishop – Tricia Hersey – The Nap Ministry

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Welcome:

Good morning and welcome to West Fork Unitarian Universalists. I’m Cricket and I feel blessed to serve this congregation as a lay leader. I’m glad to see all of you here today. 
Thank you for joining us. 

[If guests] I’d like to welcome our guests. Thank you for taking a chance and taking the time to walk through our doors and join us for worship. 

Let us use the prelude for centering. We are about to enter sacred time. We are about to make this time and this place sacred by our presence and intention. 
Please silence your phones… and as you do so, I invite us also to turn down the volume on our fears; to remove our masks; and to loosen the armor around our hearts. 
Breathe. 

Let go of the expectations placed on you by others—and those they taught you to place on yourself. 
Drop the guilt and the shame, not to shirk accountability, but in honest expectation of the possibility of forgiveness. 
Let go of the thing you said the other day. Let go of the thing you dread next week. Be here, in this moment. Breathe, here. 

Prelude: Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel) by Billy Joel

Opening Words: Come down off the ladder by David S Blanchard

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