Heart Thoughts: Things to Think About

I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Todd Glacy and Elizabeth Peterson for their invaluable contribution to our delightful Summer Solstice celebration last Friday. Remarkably, this year’s solstice occurred on the earliest date witnessed since 1796. During our evening’s ceremony, we collectively focused our intentions on navigating the labyrinth path and fostering our individual growth throughout the summer season. A common aspiration emerged among us — to embrace our authentic selves and embrace joy. As we traversed the labyrinth to the resonant sounds of Todd’s didgeridoo, the energy was palpable, particularly with the presence of newcomers experiencing their first-ever labyrinth journey — a truly magical moment.

In conjunction with the festivities, we launched a Silent Auction to fund the much-needed refurbishment of our beloved labyrinth. After nearly two decades, the time has come to renew the weed barrier that has succumbed to the charming yet intrusive wildflowers. The auction items are on display in the sanctuary and in Fellowship Hall. The auction will remain open until July 14th, providing ample opportunity to explore the array of items available and participate in the bidding process. Your support is not only appreciated but also instrumental in preserving this sacred space for years to come.

This past Sunday, we joyously celebrated the forthcoming 102nd birthday of our cherished Bill Taylor. As Tuesday marked the centennial plus two years of his remarkable journey, we invite you to continue the festivities with us this coming Sunday. Post-service, we’ll gather to exchange heartfelt stories and enjoy a slice of cake in Bill’s honor. Your presence will surely add to the warmth of our community celebration.

The Soul of Money this past week focused on collaboration and how when we collaborate everyone prospers. The idea is rooted in the belief that working together towards common goals not only fosters a sense of community and shared purpose but also leads to greater achievements than could be accomplished individually.

Here are some ways to apply the lessons from this week in your life:

Reflect on Your Values: Take time to consider what truly matters to you. Align your spending and saving habits with those values, ensuring that your financial decisions support what you care about most.

Challenge Scarcity Mindset: Whenever you catch yourself thinking there isn’t enough, shift your perspective. Focus on abundance and gratitude for what you have, rather than what you lack.

Foster Community and Sharing: Use money as a tool to strengthen community ties. Invest in projects and causes that promote collective well-being and support others in your community.

Mindful Consumption: Before making a purchase, ask yourself if it’s necessary and if it contributes to your well-being or the well-being of others. This can help reduce the ‘more is better’ mentality.

Promote Sustainability: Consider the environmental impact of your financial choices. Support businesses and initiatives that prioritize sustainability and the preservation of resources for future generations.

Practice Generosity: Embrace the joy of giving. Whether it’s donating to a cause, supporting a friend’s venture, or volunteering your time, find ways to give back that resonate with your spirit.

By incorporating these practices, we can create a more fulfilling relationship with money, one that serves not only our personal growth but also contributes positively to the world around us. Remember, it’s a process of continuous learning and growth, so be kind to yourself as you make these changes.

Here is the affirmation that was shared on Sunday:

“I embrace the abundance of the universe, recognizing that there is enough for all. I choose to live from a place of sufficiency, where I am content and grateful for what I have. I use money as a tool for good, to empower myself and others, and to support the causes that resonate with my soul.”

If you missed the service, you can watch it here.

Next week as we continue with The Soul of Money it will be “Change the Dream.”

Know that you are so very loved and appreciated.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey

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