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Monday, January 26th, 2009
12:20 pm
[morningdove3202]
Pooka's Sandbox has new Address
Pooka's Sandbox, a Pagan youth magazine has moved to a new address: www.pookapages.com

The Imbolc issue is up and available to download!

Dove
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
11:30 am
[morningdove3202]
Monday, January 5th, 2009
2:59 pm
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Friday, October 31st, 2008
4:08 pm
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Monday, September 8th, 2008
8:42 pm
[julia40]
Pinwheels for Peace
Yesterday at church, our DRE introduced us to the Pinwheels for Peace project. Then, at coffee hour, we all had a chance to make our pinwheels.

I was so moved be this idea that I shared it with M's first grade teacher this morning. She had not heard of it. I sent her the link this evening. Hopefully she will participate and get other teacher to do so too.

http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/
Friday, August 29th, 2008
12:39 pm
[julia40]
Reading
Our minister shared this meditation at church last Sunday, and I thought it would be perfect for this community. UU minister Deane Starr wrote it.

Meditation:

An old Quaker greeting is, "How is it with thy spirit?"
If it is fine with thy spirit, listen no further. On the other hand, you might contemplate these questions:

How long has it been since you spent an hour all by yourself, with nothing you had to do, and nothing you had to think? Just allowing you mind to wander?

How long since you have gone for a good brisk walk in the autumn air?

How long since you have pondered the mystery of a maple tree in full color?

Do you have any flowers in your home?

How long since you have listened to some really first-rate music?

How long since you have watched a child at play?

How long since you have hugged someone?

Given any unexpected gifts lately?

Have you allowed some opportunity to do a kindness slip by unnoticed and unfulfilled?

To whom have you given a sincere compliment lately?

How long since you've looked in the mirror and said "You know, you're a pretty good person after all?"

We take it for granted that the body must be fed in order to be healthy; it is also true of the human spirit.


**I wonder how many of these things children do naturally that we, as parents interrupt or attempt to discourage?? I remember as a child being scolded for "day dreaming."
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
8:16 am
[julia40]
Children and awareness
I have 3 children ranging in age from 19 to 6.  My 6 year old is far more aware than my 19 year old.  I could never quite pinpoint the differences.  It wasn't until the little one's development in that area surpassed the older one's that I noticed that the oldest may have a deficit.  I wondered if she was ADD without hyperactivity but never did any diagnostic testing.  I'm not sure what the differences are or what the developmental expectations are, but this reading got me thinking...
Does anyone know about development expectations for awareness?

August 27, 2008
Tricycle's Daily Dharma

Awareness Cannot be Practiced

Awareness cannot be practiced. There has been some confusion between awareness and mindfulness. They are related, but distinct. Sati, or mindfulness, implies there is action of the mind. We purposely set ourselves to pay attention to our minds. We exert effort. Awareness is different. Awareness is devoid of any action. The mind simply "awares." There is no action here, only a collected and spontaneous awareness that just "sees." Here, mindfulness is the cause, and awareness is the effect. You cannot practice or train the effect. You can only practice something that will cause it. We have to start with mindfulness so that awareness may arise in us.


- Thynn Thynn, in Living Meditation, Living Insight
from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book  
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
11:56 am
[morningdove3202]
From Religious Literacy by Stephen Prothero
“Parents could also do a better job teaching their children about their religious traditions. Some friends tell me that they don’t bring their sons and daughters to worship services or talk with them about their faith because they want their children to be free to choose a religion for themselves. This is foolhardy, not unlike saying that you will not read anything to your daughter because you don’t want to enslave her to any one language. The fact of the matter is that you cannot avoid teaching religion to your kids, if you offer them nothing, you are telling them that religion counts for nothing.”

From Religious Literacy by Stephen Prothero, p 126


Agree? Disagree? Lets hear your thoughts?
Monday, August 25th, 2008
12:31 pm
[julia40]
Secular children need spirituality too

Stolen from http://www.cyh.com

Your child's spiritual development

05 Jun 2000

Even if you do not have a particular religious belief, your child's spiritual development is important. Some of the different aspects of spirituality include - "a sense of awe and wonder", "a sense of a higher purpose than self-service or self-preservation", "making peace, rather than war", "recognition of the common needs of people or every culture and creed" and "an invitation to silence in order to reflect on the meaning of life."

Some ways that you can support your child's spiritual development include:

  • making quiet times where you and the child can listen to and think about the world around you
  • planting seeds and thinking about the rhythm of nature - how seeds grow, how birds migrate, how caterpillars turn into butterflies
  • caring for the environment, putting rubbish in bins, not wasting water…
  • friendliness to neighbours
  • helping someone in need
  • going out into the country or looking up into the night sky and the stars
  • family celebrations of special times eg birthdays, home-comings, new developments such as starting school, getting new teeth, starting teens…
  • telling family and cultural stories
  • laughing with each other (in ways that hurt no-one)
  • making sure that your children feel safe and loved.

References:

Turner, Sandra, 'Care-taking of children's souls: teaching the deep song' in Young Children' Jan 2000 p31.

Wolf, Aline, 'How to nurture the spirit in non--sectarian environments' in Young Children' Jan 2000 p34.

 
12:26 pm
[julia40]
Children's version of UU 7 principles
 What do Unitarian Universalist congregations covenant to affirm and promote? Here is a simpler children’s version of our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles, which you can find in their original form at the beginning of our hymnal. We think the following rainbow version is easier to read and remember, and more fun to look at! Notice that the first letter of each principle is also the first letter of it’s corresponding color...

 

1. Respect the importance and value of all beings

2. Offer fair and kind treatment to all

3. Yearn to learn and grow throughout life

4. Grow by exploring ideas and values together

5. Believe in your ideas and act on them

6. Insist on peace, freedom and justice for all

7. Value our interdependence with nature

7:04 am
[julia40]
Religious practices in the home

From "What Does a Unitarian Universalist Home Look Like?"
Reverend Phillip Lund, Lifespan Program Director, Prairie Star District, UUA
http://www.uua.org/

In his book, Growing Up Religious, Robert Wuthnow identifies six deliberate religious activities of the home that reinforce the religious tradition of the family. In turn, they nurture the faith development of individual family members. They are:

Sharing family meals and saying grace;
Spending a few moments before bedtime to share the joys and worries of the day;
Having real conversations about what matters most in life;
Adorning your living spaces with symbols of your faith tradition;
Celebrating holidays in ways that the religious significance comes through;
Participating in your community of faith in ways that make it part of your family's emotional support system. 

None of these activities sound too hard.  We just don't typically take the time to do them.  Yesterday we sat down for dinner and M stated that she wanted to say a prayer.  We held hands and she said, "Thank you God for this food.  We love you.  Amen."



6:37 am
[julia40]
Thought to ponder
August 25, 2008
Tricycle's Daily Dharma

Becoming the Dharma

Devotion, scholarship, and meditation can all be empty rituals, and whether these devotional acts or any other practices are in fact Dharma depends solely upon one's motivation. . . . Our initial attempts at spiritual practice tend to be very self-conscious. We want to overcome the distortions of our minds and cultivate such wholesome qualities as kindness, insight, mindfulness, and concentration; but as we engage in practices designed to cultivate these, at first they appear to be only mental exercises. Dharma seems separate, something adopted from outside. But as we go deeper into the practice, this sense of separation begins to disappear; our minds become the very Dharma we seek to cultivate.


-B. Alan Wallace, Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up
12:00 am
[aetheldaeg]
Hi
I've been on LJ for about 2 1/2 years now. I joined about the same time I found out that I had breast cancer.
My children are grown and one is a mother herself. I'm not "raising" them anymore but I'm still "Mom". My faith journey stalled when I was diagnosed. I had the misguided notion that I couldn't ask God that I be "cured". I was afraid that if I wasn't cured I wouldn't have Him to turn to. I prayed for others but not myself. I've recently resumed my faith journey. I read my bible, and pray for others as well as myself.
Just recently a prayer was answered. Since my oldest daughter was about 14 she rebelled and stopped going to church. For the last two summers she has participated in vacation bible school (mainly to occupy her two children). The experience this year (coupled with her husband being in Afghanistan) had a profound effect on her. She went to church today with her children and is planning to join a study group in September. I've hoped and prayed for more than 10 years that she would find her way back to God. My prayers have been answered. God is good.
1:19 am
[julia40]
Maiden Post
Welcome to the new community I created this evening.

I created the community with the idea that as parents we need lots of support to raise compassionate, caring, creative, loving, and socially aware children.

I want to listen to the ideas of others and to share personal experiences and insights.

As a group, we enter this community with a sense of purpose and covenant with each other to show respect and dignity for all and to support the free and open search for truth and meaning. None of us has the answers but we all have wisdom. Please respect the community, its members, and me, your host.

This community can serve as a forum on how to take religious ideology and make it work in the 21st Century. Long before Hilary Clinton said it, people from all around the world knew, it takes a village to raise a child.
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