UPDATE: 4/1/2021 - For the health and safety of our community, all services, classes, and meetings are temporarily postponed at Ocean Unity and we will reopen when it is safe to do so. Please check back for updates. We send our love and blessings to all of you!
Spring Cleaning for the Soul
Some of us may remember our mothers launching a cleaning mission every Spring to rival that of any special forces brigade. The house would be scrubbed top to bottom until every speck of dust was eradicated and every surface had a diamond-like sparkle. Spring Cleaning for the Soul is not unlike mom’s mission, although we’ll probably have a few specks of dust left over and perhaps not every aspect of our being will sparkle. But our goal is not to achieve perfection. Our goal is to simply make progress.
Unity’s booklet titled “Nurture Your Divine Spirit: Spiritual Tools and Practices” tells us that practicing “Self-Care” is one the greatest acts of love we can give to ourselves. And what better way to experience Spring Cleaning of the Soul than to love and care for ourselves. Rev. Elizabeth Longo from Unity of the Keys in Key West Florida, and one of the authors of “Nurture your Divine Spirit,” shares a four-step self-care practice:
PAUSE. Take a moment to disconnect from the world of time and space and simply be.
NOTICE. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Be a loving witness. Relax. Accept the moment as is.
BREATHE. Take a couple of deep breaths. This will take the attention away from worry thoughts as you allow yourself to relax into your natural state, centered and aligned with your spirit.
BE GRATEFUL. Bring your attention to your heart. You might want to place your hand on your heart, feel the heartbeat, and thank yourself for taking a minute to care for your soul. Then find one thing you are grateful for in that moment.
To help ensure our community’s health and safety, Ocean Unity’s doors remain closed for now, but we are still open in spirit and want to remain connected with our community. To receive our electronic newsletters, send your name and email to [email protected]. For prayer support, contact Silent Unity who serves people of all faiths. Call 1-816-969-2000 or visit online at https://www.unity.org/prayer/request-prayer to submit a prayer request. Ocean Unity offers love and blessings as we share a poem by Angie Weiland-Crosby celebrating Springtime:
“Mother Earth is awakening to springtime’s sunlit call; as flowers paint with the wind, breathing hope once more.”