Author: Margaret Hazlewood

OUR CHILDREN: Building Community In Harmony

Families Growing Together By Amanda Fischer, Director of Lifespan Learning Our Children—Harmony   Harmony is a blending of different voices to create one beautiful sound. One of the lessons we can learn from harmony is about how individuals can work together to achieve common goals that would be impossible to attain on our own. Another…

OUR MUSIC: A World Of Harmonies

by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood My dog, Sigmund, is teaching me how to become more present, aware and appreciative of the sensual details of the present moment.  He indulges in the profusion of scents around him and I in the sounds. In music, harmony does not necessarily refer to something pleasing to the…

HARMONY: Audio and Video Resources on the Web

Life Journey by Attraction Shadow Theatre Group on Britain’s Got Talent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAzYZ-E4l30 This stunning performance offers a rare glimpse of art, meaning and movement that can be described as a harmonious human life.   6 minutes A Virtual Choir http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_whitacre_a_virtual_choir_2_000_voices_strong In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual…

HARMONY: Movie Resources

Harmony  (2010) Looks at the root causes of the global problems we face and offers solutions. It paints a picture of an awareness that is arising in people around the globe, across boundaries of geography, race, religion and socio-economic status, narrated by Prince Philip. Eat Pray Love  (2010) A married woman realizes how unhappy her…

HARMONY: Literature Resources

Imperfect Harmony:  Finding Happiness Singing with Others Stacy Horn, 2013  (book) For Stacy Horn, regardless of what is going on in the world or her life, singing in an amateur choir never fails to take her to a place where hope reigns and everything good is possible. When Ego Meets Non-Ego Andrea Miller, Shambala Sun…

HARMONY: Inspirational Quotations

“Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best minds.  Men live the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which they never enter, and with their hands on the door-latch they die outside.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian Universalist (UU) “A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes…

HARMONY: Spiritual Exercises – Try One

Spiritual Questions to Consider 1)    What allows you to experience harmony:  vulnerability … silence … curiosity … invitation? 2)    Can you help create an experience of harmony by adding your actions or your voice?  Like a song, can you add what is needed to a situation to make it harmonious?  What happens? 3)…

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Our Music – Delight In Singing Together

Each summer, the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) hosts their annual conference. Neighbourhood sponsors my attendance (this year in San Diego). At the conference, a service is held each morning and each evening knowing that the congregation is filled with professional UU musicians. My delight is in the hymn singing. There are 250 UU music directors raising our voices…

Delight – Questions

  1)  During Joys and Concerns recently, Kristina told the story of a stranger picking up her bill. Kristina was delighted and it showed on her face. Can you remember the last time you were delighted? Can you prepare for delight? Can you share the story of your delight with one person this month? How can…

Delight – Print Resources

A Flock of Fools: Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter from the One Hundred Parable Sutra Peter Levitt and Kazuaki Tanahashi, Grove Press, 2004 Ancient parables reminding us that delight and playfulness are at the heart of the spiritual path. Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden Diane Ackerman, Harper Collins, 2001 A…

Delight – Inspirational Quotations

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?” ~ Rose Kennedy “Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled … to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world. ”…

Delight – Audio and Video Resources on the Web

Flash choir in a Library https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwLlFKaX-ms Where the Hell is Matt? world-wide dance flash mob https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Pwe-pA6TaZk# How we Found the Giant Squid http://www.ted.com/talks/edith_widder_how_we_found_the_giant_squid Frans Lanting’s LIFE: A Journey Through Time http://www.lanting.com/about-frans-lanting-life.php Click on “take an interactive journey through time” and watch an incredible slide show documenting the visual delights of life on earth, evoking the changes…

Awakening – Audio Resources on the Web

Father’s Day  (2013) … downloadable 10-minute story A life-changing email arrives from an almost-stranger. http://themoth.org/posts/stories/fathers-day Life Flight (2012) … downloadable 10-minute story A woman confronts her past, and future, when she is forced to make a trip to her hometown. http://themoth.org/posts/stories/life-flight A Stroke of Insight – by Jill Bolte Taylor … downloadable 20-minute story Jill got a research…

Awakening – Movies To Watch

Avatar (2009)   starring … Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. Big Fish (2003)   starring … Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney A son tries to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths he told…

Awakening – Inspirational Quotations

“We can change our own life and ultimately change the world.” ~ Kristi Bowman “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert  Einstein “Life gives you exactly what you need to awaken.” ~ T. Scott…