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Session 2: The Miracle of Close Attention

Session 2: The Miracle of Close Attention
Session 2: The Miracle of Close Attention

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  • I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it. — Shug Avery, in Alice Walker’s novel The Color...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 5 Activity 1: Sharing Miracle Moments 10 Activity 2: Story – May Sarton 10 Activity 3: To Look with Absolute...
  • Set aside five minutes before the session. Find a comfortable position, and take three deep breaths to center yourself. Feel the details of...
  • Materials for Activity Chalice and LED/battery-operated candle Optional: Newsprint, markers, and tape Preparation for Activity Write the...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers, and tape Newsprint with definition(s) of a miracle generated by the group in Session 1...
  • Materials for Activity A copy of the story, “ May Sarton ” Newsprint, markers, and tape Preparation for Activity Read the story, “May...
  • Materials for Activity Everyday items from nature such as tree leaves or branches, a nautilus or other shell, potted plants, cut flowers,...
  • Materials for Activity Items and tools for observation, from Activity 3, To Look with Absolute Attention Drawing paper and pencils, color...
  • Materials for Activity Taking It Home Optional: Session 1, Handout 1, Say “Yes” to a Miracle Optional: Session 1, Handout 2, For the Beauty...
  • To reflect together after each session, you may wish to use these questions: How was our mix of discussion and action? How well did the...
  • Materials for Activity Seasonal, fruit- or vegetable-bearing potted plants or seedlings to sell Tables and chairs; container(s) to hold...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers, and tape A whole pineapple, a pinecone or another object with a natural pattern that reflects...
  • Materials for Activity Large sheets of paper for all participants Fibonacci plants and vegetables, e.g., several stalks of broccoli or...
  • Materials for Activity Handout 1, Fibonacci-by-Numbers Pinecone 1 Handout 2, Fibonacci-by-Numbers Pinecone 2 Color pencils to share...
  • Materials for Activity Paper for drawing and writing, clipboards, and pens/pencils for all participants Optional: Blankets to sit on and...
  • Materials for Activity Items and tools for observation from Activity 3, To Look with Absolute Attention Writing paper and pencils/pens for...
  • I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it. — Shug Avery, in Alice Walker’s novel The Color...
  • There once was an inquisitive, thoughtful girl named May. She was born in Belgium, about 100 years ago. She lived there only a few years...
  • Artwork adapted by permission from Dr. Ron Knott's Fibonacci webpage. Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of this Handout...
  • Artwork adapted by permission from Dr. Ron Knott's Fibonacci webpage . Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of this...
  • Tree and pinecone illustrations show Fibonacci patterns in nature, courtesy of the Fractal Foundation .
  • May Sarton Find a biography of the poet, novelist and memoirist May Sarton in the online Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography...

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