We are almost there! Your Board of Trustees met last night and have a date for reopening. It is June 20, which is Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice. It is a great day to celebrate our return to in-person services. As we have communicated all along, we are following the CDC guidelines and so our policy on masking with be as follows:
• masks for people who are unvaccinated;
• optional for those who have vaccinations; and
• option of social distancing.
It is our expectation that you will determine what you are comfortable with and follow your own guidance on whether to attend in person, wear a mask or not or continue to attend online. Our online time will change, and it might work in your favor with summer being here as it will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Hospitality will be limited to tea and coffee. If anything changes going forward, we will adjust as needed. How exciting it is to see that we are almost there!!!
Dancing with chaos is Practice 7 from the ongoing series Living Originally by Rev. Robert Brumet. I related to this practice and I am sure many of you did as well. Haven’t we been living it for the last 15 months? Society defines chaos as a state of utter confusion, disorder, and turmoil. However, what Robert is bringing to us is the Greek word which is Khaos. The definition for this is formless primordial space, the great void that precedes all forms of creation of the universe in the Greek creation myths.
In the biology of science, primordial is relating to the earliest stages of development of an organism. It is to live from the space of infinite possibility.
Beneath all chaos is an underlying pattern of emergence. Dancing with chaos is learning to recognize and resonate with that emergent pattern. This pattern is shaped by an attractor, and the attractor is intention.
When chaos erupts our instinctual response is panic…here is an acronym for panic.
P – Pause
A – Affirm
N – Notice
I – Intentions
C – Creative Choices
Bob Miglani, the author of The Washington Post bestseller Embrace the Chaos, gives 12 reasons to dance with chaos…
1. Accepting the Chaos of Life is Better Than Trying to Fight it
2. You Cannot Predict the Future
3. You Will Feel Better DOING Than NOT DOING
4. One Thing Always Leads to Another
5. You Will Become a Better Person…Faster, Stronger, Leaner and Sharper
6. You are Resilient and Know How to Adapt
7. You Are Meant for Bigger Things
8. Chaos Forces us to Clarify What’s Really Important…and What’s Not
9. It Will Make you GRATEFUL
10. Chaos Can Be Transformative
11. Things Have a Way of Working Out in the End
12. Going with the Flow is a Lot of Fun
Listen to Robert’s meditation for this practice click here.
Next week will be Death is My Advisor.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey