Unity: Loving Kindness

Unity Church of Sun Lakes is a New Thought community. We gather together to celebrate Peace, Joy, Love, Light, and Healing. We study and practice the 5 Unity Principles set down by Unity’s founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, and we support each other in living our best Spirit-centered life.

We meet Sunday morning at 9:30 in the Arts and Crafts Room at Sun Lakes Country Club. Rev. Jeanne MacLaughlin is our minister. Church will be closed July and August but will open again the first Sunday in September. Enjoy your summer vacation and come back safely.

It’s a stressful world. Decades of neuroscience studies show the power of mindfulness relieves stress, awakens our positive capacities, and brings balance to our lives. Mindfulness gives us the power to meet any situation wisely, to be fully present, and to embody compassion. Jack Kornfield, author and Buddhist practitioner and one of the key founding teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, introduced the Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Below you will find a meditation to send love into the world.

Start with yourself and repeat the poem three times. Go on with the same poem to your loved ones, then your acquaintances, then someone you have a conflict with, and finally say it for the whole world and all the people in it. You will need to change the pronouns from “I” to “You” to “We” as you move through the groups of people. Be still and connect with your breath, breathe into your heart, and say these words:

May I be filled with loving kindness,

May I be well in body and mind,

May I be safe from inner and outer dangers,

May I be truly happy and free.

Move on through the groups. If you need help, there are many examples of how to do this on YouTube and the Internet. Just search for Jack Kornfield or Thich Nhat Hanh. Regular practice relieves stress and plants the seeds of loving kindness. Namaste’

Activities: No church held July and August. We’ll be back Sunday, Sept. 4, at 9:30 a.m. in the Arts and Crafts Room at Sun Lakes Country Club.

Reiki: Meets in Room A-2 at the Cottonwood clubhouse at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and also on Zoom. To join us on zoom, email Mike Schneider at [email protected] so he can add you to the Zoom list.

Prayer Partners: We meet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on Zoom. To join, email Julia at [email protected] and she will add you to the list.

Unity Explores: It’s been a great year with so many opportunities to see different places, eat out, serve the community, picnic at Veterans Oasis Park, and attend musical events. Visit our website [email protected].