UU rituals and practices: every day for every age.
“…ritual is less about profound transitions and more about daily practices…They organize our emotional lives, prompt us to count our blessings along with our grievances, remind us to look up and out more often… They offer a sort of gentle time outside of time.”
-Courtney E. Martin on the onBeing blog from September 4, 2015
Creating “gentle time outside of time” is sometimes easier said than done. Life gets busy and making time to explore something new can often feel overwhelming! But starting a new ritual or practice doesn’t have to be an overly serious or complicated endeavor; we can hold space for grounding and centering in simple yet profound ways. We hope that this Summer Activity Guide helps you and your family members of all ages find a few fun and easy practices to weave into your everyday lives.
Ideas for how to use this guide:
-Pick one day each week to try one of the practices in this guide; write your reflections in the space provided. -Pick out four practices in a row that you would like to try this summer to get BINGO! -Use this guide as a check-in sheet at the end of each day; which of these things did we do today? Which would we like to do tomorrow? -Make it interactive: start a UU@Home group of all ages in your community (virtually or in-person) to check in on your progress this summer. -Check the UU@Home Facebook page for tips and ways to interact.
It finally happened. I have been working with my 3 and 5 year old kids on naming emotions and finding coping mechanisms for anger and frustration from the time that they were wee babes, and wouldn’t you know it, they have gone and thrown it all right back in my face.
“Uhm, mom, I think… maybe you need to find something calm to do. You aren’t being a very Peaceful Piggy.”
Great. That’s all I need. My 5 year old trying to teach me a lesson. I don’t want to slow down. I am sure that everyone within a mile radius of me can feel my intensity today, but I don’t care. I just want to get everything on my to-do list done. Now. Yesterday. And who does that child think she is, anyway?
“Thanks for the reminder,” I am glaring at my 5 year old. “But it is time to get going. Now. Get. Your. Shoes. On.”