Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 06-24-2018—”Mindfulness Walk”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon
“Mindfulness Walk”

Sunday Service Video June 24th, 2018—“Mindfulness Walk”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 06-24-2018.

Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. In 2018, our Annual Theme is “The Inner Pilgrimage.” The sub-theme for May and June is “Exploring the Way by Walking.” Here, in her June 24th, 2018 “Mindfulness Walk” sermon, Karen engages the Seattle Unity Spiritual Community to practice a walking meditation—one that includes …(see more below)

Also, Rev. Christina Lee gives her reading titled “A Blessing.” (Details below.)

Rev. Christina Lee Reading—”A Blessing”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon—”Mindfulness Walk”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Mindfulness Walk”

http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig‘s sermon on June 24th, 2018 is titled “Mindfulness Walk.” Rev. Karen continues her sermons related to the 2018 Annual Theme called “The Inner Pilgrimage.” The sub-theme for May and June is “Exploring the Way by Walking.” Here, in her “Mindfulness Walk” sermon, Karen engages the Seattle Unity Spiritual Community to practice a walking meditation—one that includes these principles:

  • Calms the mind, including difficult emotions
  • Gets the heart pumping
  • Improves our mental attitude, including creativity, new ideas and concentration
  • Doing the inner work that needs to be done
  • Helps to prevent depression
  • Releases worries or concerns about the past and future
  • Allows us to ground into the rhythm of time such as day and night, seasons and tides

Karen illustrates the importance of such practices in meditation by a number of stories and ideas.

  • She told the story of how a woman at the dog park and her daughter’s dog Moxie helped to save her dog Hazel from harm when her head got stuck in an opening in a fence.
  • She talked about the idea of being careful in the use of language when words like “infest” are used to refer to the effects of immigrants fleeing situations of harm by seeking refuge in our country.
  • She described an exercise of listing the derogatory labels of people from various groups and thinking about whether we would ever use those to describe a friend.
  • She recollected the story of the first openly gay NFL player, Michael Sam, and how he responded to prejudiced attitudes and policies against him.

Quotations related to this sermon:

Thich Nhat Hanh:

“Every path, every street in the world is your walking meditation path. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”

Gary Snyder:

“Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.”

Bruce Chatwin:

“I haven’t got any special religion this morning. My God is the God of Walkers. If you walk hard enough, you probably don’t need any other god.”

Thomas Mann:

“Thoughts come clearly while one walks.”

Reading by Rev. Christina Lee titled “A Blessing”

http://seattleunity.org — Rev. Christina Lee gives her reading titled “A Blessing” by Rabbi Heather Miller.

A Blessing
by Rabbi Heather Miller

We pause now for moments of memory for those who came before us.

The ones who personally stood up and were counted
and who thus made a difference for all of us today

We remember you
Whether by combating an ugly word against another
Or through the personal act of coming out

Whether by challenging the system
or by changing it from within
Whether by actively sharing your ideas with broad audiences
or by quietly affecting individuals one at a time

Whether by looking outward to help others understand us,
or by looking within to help make ours a better community.

Through all of these courageous actions
and so many more, every time
You brought us forward

Even under the pressures of physical pain and torture,
of economic devastation or political failure,
of social estrangement or worse

You braved it all

Each of you adding in your essence
your talented endeavors and elegant movements
Your clever words and dignified existence

Your dedicated heart and focused mind
Your infectious smile
Your quirky ways

In all, your persevering spirit brought others forward behind you
And moved us all a little closer
to a world that more fully celebrates love

Your contributions are remembered.
You are remembered.
And your memory is a blessing.

The flyer for this service is here:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/oos-20180624.pdf