Day 15: Wake Me!

Oh wake me!
Out from behind whatever great stone.

Stub my toe on beauty.  
Knock my shin on the hard edge of covenant.

Do not let me believe everything I think.
Weak kneed, I will cross the bridge to learn.

Wake me to witness and honor complexity.
Hand to hand we will move in a new way.

Let me give myself to the community of all beings.
By day I will sing praises to kindness.

At night my body will absorb life’s impulse to carry on
Through air, through ethos
Through us, through all.   

Rev. Karen Brammer is the UUA’s Green Sanctuary Manager and the Minister at the Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester in Mohegan Lake, NY.

Today’s practice is to awaken your body and mind through the practice of mindful breathing. Engage in this Air Appreciation meditation from and/or this Facing Climate Change with Heart guided meditation from One Earth Sangha. Reflect on what air means to you, on the power of breath, on the fact that the very atoms contained in each breath you draw have passed through other beings and elements of creation throughout millennia.  

Today’s resource for deepening this message is Breathe: A Thich Nhat Hanh Journal and Breathe: You Are Alive! The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing is considered one of the three most essential teachings of the Buddha, and these two books by internationally renowned Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh provide an introduction to this powerful spiritual practice.

Commit2Respond's Climate Justice Month intends to take you through a transformative spiritual process leading to long-term commitments to climate justice. At the end of the month you will be asked to SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE human rights, and GROW the movement. Learn more and start thinking about how you will #commit2respond to climate change.

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