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Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copies of Hymn 1009, "Meditation on Breathing," from Singing the Journey, for all participants
  • Copies of Taking It Home
  • Optional: A piano or a recorded version of the song

Preparation for Activity

  • Optional: Arrange for musical accompaniment.

Description of Activity

Invite brief reflections from the journaling exercise about beliefs, feelings, and actions in response to today's workshop. After five minutes, introduce the song, "Meditation on Breathing" by Sarah Dan Jones with the following background from the Singing the Journey website:

"Meditation on Breathing" is actually the chorus to a longer song called "When I Breath In" written by Sarah Dan Jones right after the tragedy of September 11th.

Ask participants how they would breathe in peace and how would they breathe in love. Ask how this relates to what you have discussed about spiritual practices. Then, invite participants to rise in body or spirit and sing "Meditation on Breathing" by Sarah Dan Jones, Hymn Hymn1009 in Singing the Journey.

Invite a participant to extinguish the chalice and distribute Taking It Home.

Including All Participants

An invitation to "rise in body or spirit" accommodates participants of all physical abilities.

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