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Apr 292020

 Sunday May 31  “Spiral is a Growing Shape – Going Gently Inward before Outward” with Aimee Parnell

In times of stress or danger, many animals and plants curl up into a spiral shape. Incubation and germination also often happen in this shape: the growing organism slowly spiraling outward, unfurling gracefully in its own time.
As our community begins to reemerge from this period of isolation, let us pause to explore the feelings and sensations that accompany our collective journey from old world to new. We will take this opportunity to savor and  reflect upon the good deeds we have witnessed, the fears and sorrows we honor and invite to release, and the hopes that have survived this upheaval. We will practice lovingkindness to all facets of ourselves and others in the human and more-than-human world. In times of struggle, we deserve to offer ourselves more kindness, more love… not less. Both shadow and light are worthy of love. If you are struggling, this is an opportunity  to practice nourishing self-care in a supportive group. To get your heart beating to the rhythm of gratitude and to find a still, calm point from which to grow and reconnect.
Movement-based meditation will be offered during this service – the physical practice can be done seated in a chair or on a yoga mat. Adaptations will be described to provide options for a wide range of mobility levels.
Aimée has taught gentle and vinyasa yoga at studios and health clubs, adaptive chair yoga at senior centers, yoga classes for beginners, partner yoga to expectant couples, and mindfulness and movement meditation to both high school and preschool students. Aimée’s classes are heartfelt,  lighthearted, and accessible to all abilities and bodies. We will shape our body and breath as a moving meditation and conduit for positive energy.
With a B.A. in Psychology, it is natural that Aimee’s instruction includes elements of mindfulness-based stress reduction, an evidence-based program that offers secular mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.

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May 3: “Less Is the New More” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Sharon Mueller. 

We’re experiencing that the activity of our lives has been dramatically reduced by the pandemic. On a planetary scale, as we humans are doing less, many of the other species are doing better, the air is cleaner, the water is clearer.  A less complicated life can be a more creative, more connected, more full life.  Many of us have been watching, “Planet of the Humans”, which has given us pause.  Let’s explore the myriad ways that less is more.  Special music by Laurel Green, Steve Crofter, Julane Deener and Matt Meserve (hopefully).

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May 17: “Sheltering in Peace: Home” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove and Sharon Mueller

May 10: “Mothering Medicine for a World Being Reborn” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy and Neva Cockrell

Sunday May 24 “Rhythm Reset: Restoring Our Sense of Time”  with Toni Streeter and Rev. Mellen Kennedy

The recent disruption of our ordinary lives has altered our experience of time.  Let’s explore from a spiritual perspective how our perception of time affects our sense of well-being, harmony and balance. Toni is a sculptor, artist. She lives at Tree Farm Campground in Springfield and with her husband was the former owner of the campground.  She is a member of the Springfield Meetinghouse and her paintings are frequent beautiful additions to our services.

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