“Attention and gratitude go hand in hand. Indeed, they are a perfect embodiment of the dominant message about attention: that it’s here to wake us up to life’s many gifts. True attention always comes at a cost, because real looking always results in you not being able to look away. Often for the better.” Soul Matters
As we approach the holidays, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Yule and the Solstice, Christmas, the New Year, Kwanzaa, and others, it is necessary to pay attention to what we have, what we are grateful for, the gifts of each season, and the world around us, especially the world around us. There is so much beauty but there is also so much need.
Take time to notice the bounty, the gifts, the beauty, that are part of your life. Then pay attention to the needs of others and of the earth. How might we share our abundance in a way that might help others?
Vicki Merriam, Director of Religious Education
November RE Calendar
11/3: Paying attention. We’ll make glitter mindfulness jars -watching the glitter settle is a way of maintaining mindfulness and paying attention to being centered. We’ll also play “Wave Stretching” where we have to pay attention.
11/10 – We’ll continue work on our window mural project, make Guest At Your Table boxes, and play tag-a-long.
11/17 – Gratitude comes from paying attention. We’ll create thank you cards for those we appreciate, some Thanksgiving GORP to share, and play the peanut butter and jelly game.
11/24 – Thanksgiving whole congregation worship and corn bread communion for all. Followed by a Sunday Social. Bring “pre-leftovers” – food for which you are thankful – to share.