September 2020 Moments of Meditation From UUCW

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Monday, September 21, 2020

September 21 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer on International Peace Day. Blessings, Aaron

Poem (I lived in the first century of world wars)


Sunday, September 20, 2020

September 20 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer in honor of Billie Jean King on the anniversary of the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes”. Blessings, Aaron


Saturday, September 19, 2020

September 19 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. May she Rest In Peace. Blessings, Aaron

Column: RBG died hoping to achieve one more thing, but what she gave us all was more than enough


Friday, September 18, 2020

September 18 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer on Rosh Hashanah. Blessings, Aaron

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

September 17 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer on Constitution Day. Blessings, Aaron

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

September 16 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer on Pchum-Ben. May we all head the lesson of honoring our ancestors and feeding hungry souls. Blessings, Aaron

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September 15 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer. On this day in 1928 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers, by accident, that the mold penicillin has an antibiotic effect.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

September 14 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer on the first day of school in our community. Blessings, Aaron

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

September 13 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer on Grandparent’s Day. Blessings, Aaron


Saturday, September 12, 2020

September 12 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer. On this day in 1977 Steve Biko, South African activist opposing apartheid, dies while in police custody. May he be remembered among all those who suffer and die in the name of freedom. Blessings, Aaron


Friday, September 11, 2020

September 11 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. Remembering this day in 2001 and the wisdom of Toni Morrison.

Toni Morrison “The Dead of September 11”

Some have God’s words; others have songs of comfort
for the bereaved. If I can pluck courage here, I would
like to speak directly to the dead–the September dead.
Those children of ancestors born in every continent
on the planet: Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas…;
born of ancestors who wore kilts, obis, saris, geles,
wide straw hats, yarmulkes, goatskin, wooden shoes,
feathers and cloths to cover their hair. But I would not say
a word until I could set aside all I know or believe about
nations, wars, leaders, the governed and ungovernable;
all I suspect about armor and entrails. First I would freshen
my tongue, abandon sentences crafted to know evil—wanton
or studied; explosive or quietly sinister; whether born of
a sated appetite or hunger; of vengeance or the simple
compulsion to stand up before falling down. I would purge
my language of hypberbole; of its eagerness to analyze
the levels of wickedness; ranking them; calculating their
higher or lower status among others of its kind.
Speaking to the broken and the dead is too difficult for
a mouth full of blood. Too holy an act for impure thoughts.
Because the dead are free, absolute; they cannot be
seduced by blitz.

To speak to you, the dead of September 11, I must not claim
false intimacy or summon an overheated heart glazed
just in time for a camera. I must be steady and I must be clear,
knowing all the time that I have nothing to say–no words
stronger than the steel that pressed you into itself; no scripture
older or more elegant than the ancient atoms you
have become.

And I have nothing to give either–except this gesture,
this thread thrown between your humanity and mine:
I want to hold you in my arms and as your soul got shot of its box of flesh to understand, as you have done, the wit
of eternity: its gift of unhinged release tearing through
the darkness of its knell.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

September 9 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer, remembering Sept. 9, 1956 when Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

September 8 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer. On this date in 1504, Michelangelo unveiled his 13′ marble statue of David in Florence, Italy. In 2014 the Los Angeles Times reported that the statue was in danger of collapsing due to the weakening of the artwork’s legs and ankles. Guess being 510 years old finally caught up with him! Blessings, Aaron

“As a trustworthy model for my vocation,
at birth I was given the ideal of beauty,
which is the lamp and mirror of both my arts.
If any think otherwise, that opinion’s wrong:
for this alone can raise the eye to that height
which I am preparing here to paint and sculpt.
Even though rash and foolish minds derive
beauty (which moves every sound mind
and carries it to heaven) from the senses,
unsound eyes can’t move from the mortal to the divine,
and in fact are fixed forever in that place
from which to rise without grace is a vain thought.”
– Michelangelo (Poem 164, ca. 1541-44)

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-michelangelo-david-statue-florence-20140502-story.html


Monday, September 7, 2020

September 7 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer on Labor Day. May you know what work is. Blessings, Aaron

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

September 5 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. Blessings, Aaron

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Friday, September 4, 2020

September 4 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer on National Wildnerness Day. Blessings, Aaron

https://nationaltoday.com/national-wildlife-day/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kh7VC57Vs0


Thursday, September 3, 2020

September 3 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. The Treaty of Paris was signed this day in 1783 ending the Revolutionary War. While many celebrated their new found freedom, other voices were becoming the harbinger for freedoms not yet gained.
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/phillis-wheatley
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/52632/on-imagination


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

September 2 moment of meditation, reflection and prayer. There have been other times when September summoned courage, fortitude, grief and fear. Blessings, Aaron

https://poets.org/poem/september-1-1939


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September 1 moment of meditation, reflection, and prayer on the Hindu festival of Pitru Paksha. Blessings, Aaron

https://nationaltoday.com/pitru-paksha/https://media.images.yourquote.in/post/720/0/0/35/862/x5221145.webp



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