Seattle Unity Sermon Video 11-19-2017—”Generous Eyes”

Sunday Service Video November 19th, 2017—“Generous Eyes”—Here is the link and player to the Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon from 11-19-2017. In this Sunday sermon titled “Generous Eyes,“ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey, with November being the month our transformative journey leads us to generosity, giving thanks, kindness and compassion. In “Generous Eyes” Karen further explores the idea of generosity and giving thanks, kindness and compassion. She does that using the metaphor of… (see more below)

Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “Generous Eyes”

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Title: Generous Eyes

http://seattleunity.org—In this Sunday sermon titled “Generous Eyes,“ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey, with November being the month our transformative journey leads us to generosity, giving thanks, kindness and compassion. In “Generous Eyes” Karen further explores the idea of generosity and giving thanks, kindness and compassion. She does that using the metaphor of imagining having on a pair of glasses that “gave us generous eyes or soft eyes.” And she asks, “How would it change the way we view reality?”

Through the metaphor of the generosity pair of glasses, Karen helps the community explore the various situations in our lives that can use a generous seeing, hearing, feeling, knowing and being. She uses an exercise of the “Namasté” greeting in which the community members walk around in the sanctuary, and randomly greets one another with the Namasté greeting bow, in silence. She cites a study about how people who volunteered had lower death rates. And she makes the crucial point that It is difficult to feel bad about yourself if you are obviously making other people feel better. And her conclusion extends good deeds of generosity and giving thanks, kindness and compassion, into developing a deep, enduring, spiritual state of being that radiates those qualities.

Key quotations related to the sermon:

Matthew 10:40 (quoting Jesus): “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

I Corinthians 12:12 & 27: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Oprah Winfrey: “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” —
Blaise Pascal: “I bring you the gift of these four words: I believe in you.”

Phillip K. Jason: “To love someone is to always see them as the miracle that they are … in your eyes and through the way in which you look at them … I believe in miracles because I believe in you.”

Dalai Lama: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Buddha: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

Lisa Firestone: “Researchers found that men who did regular volunteer work had death rates two-and-one half times lower than men who didn’t. Generosity reduces stress, supports one’s immune system and enhances one’s sense of purpose.”

Key ideas related to this sermon:

1. Put on the magic glasses that give you generous sight.
2. Generous sight can only lead to a generous heart.
3. Generous sight is not limited to family and close friends.
4. May we be open to allow God to work through the hearts of us all in this community.
5. In welcoming one another, we welcome Divine Presence.
6. May we have generous eyes with one another.
7. What if, generosity was not just an action, but, a way of being?
8. May we BE generosity!

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