GHR 2016 Q4: Stability/Serenity

This quarter’s focus might be a challenge for many of us…Serenity. Hopefully, we can accept the challenge and find serenity among the chaos so that we can provide Stability to those around us. I am deeply appreciative of Jo Ann Mast’s BEAUTIFUL prayer/meditation. (I am thinking of copying it, laminating it, and using it hourly).

Thank you to all who work to offer a place for others to find Peace, Healing and Serenity!

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Global Healing Response Quarterly

2016 Theme: Stability
“The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.”
—Unknown

October-November-December

Focus: Serenity

Quote: “Today I want to feel the release of fully letting go of those things I cannot change. May today feel lighter and more joyful as a result.” —Shawn Fink

Picture/Symbol: Calm water (Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Blue

Prayer/Meditation:
SERENITY
Fully letting go of those things we cannot change.
Releasing things of the world—the wild, dangerous, fearful, tiresome, and challenging outside world.
As you take the first step into the labyrinth, close your eyes, take a few breaths, then a full breath.
Imagine diving deep into the calm waters of the lake washing away tension, fear, hurt and worries of the outside world and your world. Trusting the labyrinth and yourself, putting one foot in front of the other, letting go stress, tension, fear and doubt.
Mindfully reaching the labyrinth center—Your own center. Continue releasing, letting go, especially those things you cannot change. Breath-in and breath- out feeling lighter and lighter…
Now leaving the center with, lighter steps, quieter mind, body refreshed, and spirit renewed, light-hearted and joyful.
Path of Serenity

In Light and Joy,
Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: Organizations that work to improve the quality of our oceans and lakes, or provide clean water and drinking water. In the Midwest, the Great Lakes Alliance is doing wonderful work cleaning up the beaches and water quality.

Ideas for ambiance: Water filled mason jars, floating candles, buckets of sand with candles

Music: Try using calming nature sounds, waves, and wind. These tracks are available on YouTube and even Pandora.

For a PDF version of these materials click here.

 

2 thoughts on “GHR 2016 Q4: Stability/Serenity

  1. November 7, 2016 Monthly Labyrinth Walk 4Q Focus: Serenity
    On the Eve before the U.S. Presidential Election 2016!
    • midpoint of Autumn “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus, philosopher
    • birthdate of Albert Camus (November 7, 1913-January 4, 1960)
    In awarding Camus its prize for literature in 1957, the Nobel Prize committee cited his persistent efforts to “illuminate the problem of the human conscience in our time.”
    Quotes:
    “The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”

    “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t,
    than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.”

    “No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one
    resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people. No cause justifies
    the deaths of innocent people.”

    “We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile.
    And now we realize that we know where it lives…inside ourselves.”

    “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

    “Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.”

    “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”

    “I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.”

    “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”

    “Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
    Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.”

    “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”

    “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.
    Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.
    Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

    Guide to four phases of practice walking the labyrinth:
    Blessing, Freeing, Discovery, Claim–expressed in the poem,

    THE TRAVELER by John O’Donohue (1956-2008)

    When you travel,
    A new silence
    Goes with you,
    And if you listen,
    You will hear
    What your heart would
    Love to say.

    A journey can become a sacred thing:
    •Make sure, before you go,
    To take time
    To bless your going forth,
    •To free your heart of ballast
    So that the compass of your soul
    Might direct you toward
    •The territories of spirit
    Where you will discover
    More of your hidden life,
    •And the urgencies
    That deserve to claim you.
    –John O’Donohue (1956-2008)

    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  2. monthly labyrinth walk December 12, 2016
    Duncan Conference Center Delray Beach, Florida
    4Q Stability/Serenity: “The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.”—Unknown

    GIFTS
    Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. Buddha

    He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much. Lao-Tzu

    There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11:24-25

    Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

    Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
    as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

    Prayer of Blessing
    May the love of life
    fill our hearts.
    May the love of earth
    bring joy to heaven.
    May the love of self
    deepen our souls.
    May the love of neighbor
    heal our world.
    As nations, as peoples, as families this day
    may the love of life heal our world.

    May the deep blessings of earth be with us.
    May the fathomless soundings of seas surge in our soul.
    May boundless stretches of the universe echo in our depths
    to open us to wonder
    to strengthen us for love
    to humble us with gratitude
    that we may find ourselves in one another
    that we may lose ourselves in gladness
    that we give ourselves to peace.
    ~ John Philip Newell

    Blessed are the peacemakers for they are born of God. Matthew 5:9

    Rev. Linda Hurley

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