Jennifer Gates, Youth and Family Ministry Director
“One of the great values of meditation really, is to punctuate our life with pauses and gaps and periods of openness, where we’re not trying to fill up the mental space, but we’re just seeing what happens next.” – Barry Boyce
As we closed out the year in Youth Ministry, we focused on releasing the thoughts, feelings, and excess baggage we did not wish to carry forward into the New Year. Creating space for the new to enter our life was our goal. So the question now is, “What comes next”?!
This week in our Youth Ministry classrooms we will address the issue of how best to create and hold space for our best to rise up, for the greatest good to manifest in our lives.
We will discuss the practices of active breathing, meditation, prayer, mindfulness, and connection with nature. As a concrete take-away, we will be creating Glitter Jars. The fun and sparkly result will give each child and teen an object they can hold in their hands to promote calmness, mindfulness, and peace as they face the triumphs and challenges that lie ahead.
When the glitter jar is unshaken, the glitter is settled peacefully at the bottom of the jar. You can see clearly through it. The glitter can represent thoughts. When we’re feeling angry, confused, uncertain, or upset (shake the bottle), thoughts are swirling around so we find it more difficult to think clearly.
Watching the glitter though, one notices that it always settles. And as the glitter settles, one notices the mind settling too. As the glitter settles and finds its calm resting place, so too can the mind.
We are so excited to share this time in reflection and creativity together, and we invite all of our congregants to stop by our classrooms to enjoy the results of our glitter-filled, centered celebration!