Rev. Kati Collins
Monday Morning Shalom
Monday’s theme is Autumn
Intention for the Day:
“A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from
“čas házet kamení a čas kamení sbírat, čas objímat a čas objímání zanechat,” Ecclesiastes 3:5 (Kazatel 3:5)
Quote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Moment of Stillness: Take 5 breaths at your own pace. (See opening pages for instructions.)
If you need to count, try breathing in for 4 counts, holding for 4 counts, out for 4 counts and holding for 4 counts.
Fall is a busy season of change, anticipation, and preparation. We see the change in nature around us. We feel the change in the weather. We hear the rustle of the leaves, and we know that change is already taking place. Change can be exciting, frustrating, sad, fun, and disorienting. As you greet your many tasks for today, remember to pause and embrace the change around you, within you, and in the people you meet. This may mean taking the time to make a new friend. This may mean listening to the stories of an old friend. Maybe you will need to change your expectations for the day, or maybe you will need to just be flexible. You can be sure that there is a lot of work to do, but there is also a lot of fun to be had. So, embrace the good with the bad, and release your anxiety like stones to be scattered. Ok, enough metaphors for the morning? Go drink some water, and get to it!
Blessing of Shalom
Peace be with you! Shalom, my friends. Embrace your neighbor and say, “Shalom.”