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Introduction, Session 11: Love and Gratitude

In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program

There shall be

Eternal summer in the grateful heart. — Celia Thaxter, in the poem "A Grateful Heart" (1872)

In this session we will focus on the sixth Unitarian Universalist Source, "Spiritual teachings of earth centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature," expressed in children's language as "the harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life."

Gratitude is a spiritual orientation connected to the experience of joy and the practice of generosity. This session cultivates an "attitude of gratitude" as a practice that leads to spiritual health and well being. Children talk about the importance of gratitude in their lives and explore how gratitude can feel, in our feelings and in our bodies. The central story, "The Rebirth of the Sun," introduces the winter solstice and how the rhythms of nature support our life. In a gratitude circle, participants practice articulating specifically what they are grateful for and appreciate, when they say "thank you."

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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