Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle
- A chime or a small bell
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
- Story, The Daydreamer
- Several objects for the centering table suggestive of dreams, such as a dream catcher, a starfish, a rainbow-colored object, a small stuffed animal, a small decorative treasure box, or a small clay pot
- Optional: An object to pass from speaker to speaker during discussion
- Optional: Refreshments
Preparation for Activity
- Place chairs in a circle.
- Set a small center table with chalice and lighter.
- Read the story and prepare to present it to the group. To best engage the group, practice telling rather than reading the story.
- Write workshop agenda on newsprint, and post.
- Optional: Set out refreshments.
Description of Activity
Sound the chime and invite participants into quiet reflection as you prepare to enter into a time of centering and sharing.
Ask a volunteer to light the chalice as you share these words:
May this flame, eternal symbol of transformation, fire our curiosity, strengthen our wills, and sustain our courage as we seek what is good within and around us.
Say these words or your own version of them:
This workshop focuses on differing economic realities in our society and the cultural expectation that a successful life is equated with financial prosperity. America has been called “the land of dreams.” Most of us dream of success, yet how you define success and how your “success” affects others are related to your position on the spectrum of wealth and income.
Share the story The Daydreamer. If you feel comfortable doing so, tell the story rather than reading it. Afterward, ask participants if they have ever had daydreams about their lives and what they might achieve financially. Have those daydreams motivated, discouraged, or distracted them (or perhaps a combination of the three)? Invite participants to briefly share their daydreams of financial success; if the centering table includes symbolic objects, you might invite participants to choose an object to incorporate into their daydream story. If you have chosen to use a particular object to pass from speaker to speaker during discussion, bring it out now and hand it to the first volunteer. Remind participants that it is held by the one who is speaking as a reminder to focus there, rather than planning one’s own next words.
May our time together be made holy by the sharing of stories, the gift of good listening, and the joy of being held in community.
Sound the chime to signal the end of the centering time.