Today's service was about Spiritual Practices Old and New. This is especially relevant to Unitarian Universalists because we are a group that asks questions, but we don't accept the idea that there is only one answer to be found in answer to the question. That is to say: a Religion which provides you the one and only correct answer is NOT us. We (pretty much) reject the notion that there is a place where you are sorted into one of two groups after death. I have to say "pretty much" because if you believe in that sort of an afterlife, you are welcome here too.
That said, we can continue... A few weeks ago we talked about the meaningful life, and one of the four fundamental requirements of a meaningful life is to have a sense of "transcendence." Today, we talked about mindfulness as one aspect of that necessary need for transcendence in life.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Mindfulness is usually a combination of the physical and the thought process. But, in todays world, sometimes mindfulness works out as a combination of the thought process and technology. Not only because there is a mindful.org website to consult, but when some of us are raking leaves while being mindful or baking while being mindful, others of us are checking Instagram while being mindful.
We had an interesting discussion. Check out Faithful Practices, Everyday Ways to Feed Your Spirit by Eric Walker and Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris. Also come to our service next Sunday. We may astound you... then again, we may not.
Remember, Ronald Payne will be here on Jan 20 to talk to us about 1965. He was there at Selma for the famous march. Don't even ask me what Selma march... if you are an American, you know what happened at Selma in 1965. If you don't, then come visit, quietly slip in the back of the room, and listen in on Sunday Jan 20, 2019.