This morning's sermon was on the topic of how to find the security or certainty we all need when the world is in such a state of upheaval.
I don't know about you, but I like to use the New Years period as a type of reset time where I envision my goals, dreams, and contributions. This year, that process feels especially weird with everything that's going on! This morning we looked into some paths by which we could resource the inspiration, direction, and clarity we need, even while the world looks unclear!
Here's that video if you'd like to review the sermon!
We explored three possible ways to find that sense of clear guidance even when everything is changing around us!
The first was "Don't Fear the Stillness" and this was all about countering the tendency to think that if we're moving slowly or at a standstill, that we're doing something wrong.
how to practice it?
- Simply notice when your mind tries to tell you that you should be moving faster, or have more clairity already
- "Should" doesn't really ever apply, there's only "how it is", and "what I choose." If there's no clear choice, then practice resting with "how it is."
- Many meditators in various traditions find that this acceptance of unknowing can trasform confusion into a deep state of openness that refreshes and provides new insight.
How to practice?
- Try journalling about what your core values are - what's your bottom line?
- Try on our 7 UU principles and see how they fit for you. https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles Imagine some of the difficult situations in your life and play with applying these principles to those situations.
- Check out where you have influence - when you're not in charge of the situation, take complete charge of how YOU show up to it, what YOU bring to it.
- Learn the fine are of self-forgiveness. Instead of shame or criticism, notice that you did not live up to your values as you wished to, and allow yourself to mourn.
- Take up the idea that you never lose, you either win, or you learn!
- Shift priorities from "getting it right" toward "contributing from the heart"