November 1, 2020
Dear Unity North friends,
Our Sunday lesson this week is “The Sacred Moment.” You can find the Sunday lesson for November 1 by clicking on the link near the end of this letter.
After this week, the lesson will be part of an hour-long Sunday service on Zoom, complete with music. It will take place at 10:30 AM starting on Sunday, November 8, and will be recorded. The recording link will be sent to you or you can find it on Facebook or YouTube, hopefully later in the day or by Sunday evening. If for some reason you only want to listen to the lesson, you can easily fast forward to that part of the recording. Here is the Zoom link for next week’s Sunday service on November 8 at 10:30 AM: https://go.UnityNorthMN.org/Sunday.
In these next few days before and after the election, I invite you to focus on the “sacred moment.” Stay in the present rather than dwelling on the past or the future. If thoughts of worry or fear arise, release them and let them go. Tell yourself they are powerless to take your good from you. Then know and affirm that God is in charge and all is well. Take a few deep breaths as you silently affirm that truth.
If you can meditate, that is helpful. You do not need to worry about quieting your mind. Simply repeat a mantra silently. It may be one or several words, such as “I AM,” “OM,” “RAMA,” “CHRIST,” “PEACE,” or something else that you prefer. As you sit comfortably in meditation and silently say the mantra over and over, you can just notice your thoughts pass through. Keep saying the mantra. If you hear outside noises, notice them, and continue with the mantra. If you have an itch, scratch it, and keep repeating the mantra. If you get caught up in your thoughts and realize you have stopped saying it, simply continue repeating it.
The point of the mantra is that it creates sound that takes us deeper than thought. Despite ourselves, and without intentional focus, we transcend the boundaries of thought and move into a timeless place. The late H. Emilie Cady, Unity author, called it “the Secret Place of the Most High,” where we enter into the “Silence.” Here we commune with the Divine. When you suddenly realize that is what you are doing, you are no longer there. Your thoughts have brought you back. You may experience meditation without anything that noteworthy happening. At the very least, it perhaps allowed you to relax. And other times, you may have truly transcendent experiences. Either way, there is scientific proof that the mental and physical benefits of meditation are dramatic. So, if the spiritual impact is not enough motivation, then at least consider improving your blood pressure!
Remember to stay in the “sacred moment!” There is a saying that goes, “Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the “present.”
Love & blessings,
Here is the link to Rev. Kathy's talk: https://youtu.be/9frNDL-4AL4