Meditations for the Mid-Week by ZOOM, Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm

Please join Deborah Cooper, M.Ed., L.P.C. via easy to use ZOOM video-conferencing  for an hour of  meditation, reflection and sharing. Deborah has just returned from a retreat in England and is eager to be with every one and share the teachings and inspiration that she has gained.

No fee but donations to the teacher via PayPal will be gratefully accepted. Information on that link will be provided in email as well as during the session. Questions? deborahcooper125@gmail.com,
215-248-0489 or mindfulness@usguu.org

To get the ZOOM link, email mindfulness@usguu.org.

Not experienced with ZOOM? No Worries-it’s a piece of cake! Even non-techies can do it!

For more information on ZOOM, these YouTube videos will walk you through how to install Zoom and join a call. You do not need to know how to initiate a call – the USG host will do that. And you do not need the paid version of Zoom. The free version is sufficient.
 Here’s the zoom resource for getting started — https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362033-Getting-Started-on-Windows-and-Mac
Video tutorials: (you can also go to www.zoom.us and click on help)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIYudDeULlw  
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzk4vdTIi0c 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFhAEoCF7jg

BREATHE- Access virtually for now.
Schedule and course information

Breathe is our Sunday evening mindfulness program with a rotating cast of experienced meditation teachers and mindfulness leaders. Please remember that in order to keep the sessions going, the teachers need your support. There are no set fees, but we suggest a teacher donation (dana) of $10- $20. For more info, go to bit.ly/usgmeditates  

All classes are Sunday Evening, 5 PM – 6:30 PM unless otherwise noted.

Here’s how to join sessions using ZOOM.  Email mindfulness@usguu.org to get the ZOOM link. Then click on it. If you don’t already have ZOOM downloaded, it will direct you to a quick download.  (Think of the ID as the room number.)

Questions- Contact Howard Silver at Mindfulness@usguu.org or 215-669-8871.

COMING UP:

Sundays March 29 and April 5, 5:00-6:30pm —“Peace with your Body through Mindfulness and Compassion”

Led by Dana Barron, PhD, certified health and life coach.

Come and learn how to experience peace with your body as it is now. We all struggle with our human bodies. We expend a lot of energy & resources trying to change them – weight, fitness, appearance, and health status. In reality, though, we have limited control over how our bodies look and how they function. Our struggles thus create needless suffering.

In this two-part series Dana will provide practical tools and teachings (like mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotional intelligence) to support you in declaring peace with your NOW body so that you can free up your time, energy, and resources for your deeper purpose.

Adolescents and adults welcome.

Learn more about Dana at www.danabarronphd.com, You can reach her at dana@danabarronphd.com or 215-688-5108.

 

Sunday Morning Meditation Space-Closed for now

Welcoming space for meditation is available every Sunday at USG from 9:15 to 10:15am in Sullivan Chapel . There will no longer be someone guiding these meditations.

 

Unitarian Universalism and Buddhism

Like UU’s “free and responsible search for meaning”, Buddhism is non-creedal. In his first mindfulness precept, Thich Nhat Hahn says Buddhist teachings are not doctrines but guiding means to help us develop understanding and compassion. One of the Buddha’s last teachings was to “be a lamp unto yourself”.

The inherent worth and dignity of every person is evident in Buddhist teaching that everything in the universe shares Buddha nature.

The Universalist emphasis on the saving power of love can be seen in the Mahayana Bodhisattva vow to renounce nirvana until all beings are enlightened, and in reverence for Avolokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of great compassion.

UU respect for the interdependent web of all existence mirrors the Buddhist teaching of emptiness, what Thich Nhat Hahn calls inter-being–that everything in the universe exists only in its connection with everything else, and nothing has an absolute separate identity.

UU affinity for Buddhism goes back to Thoreau. There has been an active Unitarian Universalist Budddhist Fellowship for many years. It is still considered an independent affiliate of the UUA.