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LEADER RESOURCE 1 Guided Reflection and Meditation

Ask these questions slowly, allowing time for reflection after each set of questions:

  • When it comes to money, where has your experience been your teacher? What were the first experiences you had, of having and not having money, of earning money, of using money? In which life-changing moments did money play a role?
  • What have been the money lessons of the communities to which you belong or to which you have belonged in the past? The lessons of family and friends? Religious community? Cultural community? How have these lessons been helpful? How have they proved unhelpful, or even harmful?
  • What meaning does money have in your life when you don't have enough to meet your basic needs? What meaning does it have when you have more than you can possibly spend? What meaning does it have when you have just what you need, not a dollar more nor a dollar less?
  • Where is money working in your life? How does it connect you to other people? How does money serve to recognize the gifts you bring to the world or reward you for hard work? How does money make possible things you deeply value? How is money connected to your Unitarian Universalist faith, principles, and values?
  • How could money wealth become more and less important in just the right ways? Imagine for a minute what a more faithful relationship with money would look like for you. What does faithful earning mean to you? Faithful spending? Faithful investing? Faithful giving?
  • How would a spiritually and ethically healthy relationship with money feel? If you aspire to a better relationship with money, how will you begin?

Conclude the time of reflection and meditation by inviting participants to slowly return to the group, opening their eyes when they are ready.

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