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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 11/16/17

How are you doing with Gratitude Graffiti?  I had some great feedback that focusing on gratitude has been everything from a great reminder to a wake up call. 
 
This Sunday will begin our third week and prepare the way for Thanksgiving.  We will be filling the sanctuary with praise and thanksgiving.  You don’t want to miss it.  Voices of Unity will be in the house.  
 
I leave you with a precursor of our time together: 

Psalm 100

Sing a joyful noise to the Beloved all peoples of the earth!
Serve Love with a glad heart!
Join hands in the great Dance of Life!
 
Know that the Beloved of your heart is the Divine Presence!
Love created us, and we belong to the Most High;
We are born to be loving, expressions of the Creator's Divine Plan.
 
Open the gates of your heart with gratitude
and enter Love's court with praise!
Give thanks to the Beloved, bless Love's holy Name!
 
For Love is of God, and lives in your heart forever,
With faith, truth, and joy, now and in all that is to come.
From Psalms for Praying © 2007 Nan C. Merrill

In Gratitude and Thankfulness,
Rev. Denise


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 11/09/2017

Last week we began 30 days of Thankfulness.  During our Celebration Service we added Gratitude Graffiti to our walls in the Sanctuary.  We were also reminded of several ways to shift our consciousness through practices of Gratitude and Thanksgiving.  So the question that I am burning to ask is, “How is it going?”  “Have you begun to become more and more aware that, “The more I am thankful, the more I have to be thankful for?” 

Our journey continues.  This Sunday our focus is “Each Breath leads me to a place of Gratitude and Love.”  One of the things I became very aware of during my training in Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn is that my breath is the one thing I have readily available to me in reminding me of my peace, my love, and my joy.  It’s not that I haven’t carried stones and crystals in my pockets and my purse or worn them as jewelry; but what has become acutely obvious over the years is that I can always breathe.  The second thing that was a bigger “aha” was when Brenda Julian Williams taught many of us the Reset Breath.  The entire concept still blows me away and as I teach that practice to others they are deeply grateful for its effectiveness in “turning things around quickly.” 

In the very beginning of the Christian Scriptures we are told that “God breathed into us the breath of life and we became living souls.”  What exactly does that statement mean to you?  When was the last time that you noticed the sound and feel of your own breath?  Breath is the inner life flow that pulses through our entire being.  As we balance our breathing through long and steady inhales and exhales, we begin to be more and more aware of the inspiration or the whispers of Holy Spirit.  The inspiration of the Holy Spirit is the silent but passionate movement of God within our being.  This very breathe of God becomes manifest as emotions, thoughts, words, and actions that move in and through each of us and pushes our individual creations out into our world.  In that way, breathing is a symbol of inspired living.  When Jesus the Master Teacher breathed on his disciples he stated, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit.”  John 20:22

Are you open to receive?  If so, or even if you are just a little curious, join us on Sunday as we begin #force4good Part 2.  We have the amazing Gregory Fisher who will weave his vocal magic into our worship experience. 

Love is in the Air –  Breathe Deeply
Rev. Denise