Memo from MAM – Mar 12

A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
March 12, 2024

Blessing
“Despite all the darkness, human hope is based on the instinct that at the deepest level of reality some intimate kindness holds sway. This is the heart of blessing. To believe in blessing is to believe that our being here, our very presence in the world is the first gift; the primal blessing.” 

from John O’Donohue’s book of blessings,
To Bless the Space Between Us  
Like many Unitarian Universalist ministers, this is a book I keep nearby. I recommend it often as a balm for the soul here in the 21st century


Four Meditation Postures
On Sunday, along with some of Donohue’s poetic blessings, I mentioned the practice of “lying down meditation.”  I learned the healing aspects of lying down meditation from my spiritual mentor, Angeles Arrien. In her teachings about the Healer, Teacher, Warrior, and Visionary archetypes, she named four types of meditations: 

  • Lying Down Meditation: With hand(s) on your heart, this posture is healing for the body/mind and spirit. It is a means to receive and give nurturance.  It is a position of surrender and openness. 
     
  • Sitting Meditation:  This familiar meditation posture is where we learn to become a fair witness to our mind and body.  It is here that we enrich our resource of wisdom, integrating knowledge with experience without judging ourselves or others.
     
  • Standing Meditation:  In this position, we integrate the powers of presence and communication while learning to fully arrive and embody our personal power.  Practicing standing meditation nurtures the sacred leader within by teaching self respect, boundaries and inner authority.
     
  • Walking Meditation:  This is a movement meditation that releases our inner spirit and allows creative problem-solving to take place. Walking or any consistent moving such as biking, gardening, swimming, cooking, quilting— can become a means of integration and new ways of perceiving.

Whether lying down, sitting, standing or walking, I hope these descriptions provide possible avenues for a meditative practice. With the increasing sunlight, I look forward to times when I can walk or bike to and from church.  When I served my former congregation, I used to walk to church when there were difficulties at work.  By the time I arrived, after an hour-and-a-half walk, I was relaxed, sweaty and full of creative approaches to problems; that’s my favorite minister mode.   

Blessings, MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

PS
Stay tuned for a possible Lord of the Rings readathon on March 24 after our Sunday worship service.  What?  Stay tuned.  

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