Our theme in October is Healing. The dictionary definition is: to make healthy, whole, or sound; to become well. Synonyms include: alleviate; reconcile; soothe; repair; mend; revive.
Last month, we talked about how for Unitarian Universalists, covenant is a promise to connect to the Source of Life, ourselves, the Earth, each other, society, and those marginalized by society. Healing is needed when covenants are broken. This is true both for individuals and for communities. So Healing is a great theme to follow Covenant.
This month, we will draw on our third Source of inspiration which is: Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. More specifically, we will investigate what Buddhism can teach us about healing. Loving kindness meditation will part of our services this month. And we will explore the Four Noble Truths which contain the essence of Buddhist teaching. They are:
- Suffering exists;
- Suffering arises from attachment to desires;
- Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases;
- Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path.
The Noble Eightfold Path includes:
Wisdom: Right View, Right Thought Morality: Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort Meditation: Right Mindfulness, Right Contemplation
Now, that’s a lot to cover in one month, and we won’t address it all. But I am observing myself these days and how releasing attachments seems to help me restore health. A great reminder is my Buddha Board. I’ll bring it to church so you can see how it works. You paint on the surface with water and your creation comes to life. As the water slowly evaporates, your art disappears and the slate is wiped clean for you to create again. The lesson is: don’t get too attached to your masterpieces. Everything is impermanent. Everything changes. Clinging creates suffering. Releasing attachments results in healing.
This and much more will make our month together a time of great restoration.
As always, I look forward to it!