Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

Abundance is not about having what you want, but about noticing what you have, and multiplying it through sharing it, multiplying it through your manner of being in this world.
— Rev. Angela Herrera

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – from Stepping into Freedom, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh urges us to anchor ourselves to our breathing, and conscious breathing in particular. During times we set aside for meditation, we are conscious of our breathing and the state of our bodies as we rest from other activities.

And of course we breathe at all other times as well. But, if you are like me, anxiety and pressure and worry can set in and trigger more shallow and more rapid breathing. I tell myself to “breathe,” knowing full well I am breathing all the time.

So telling myself to breathe is really reminding myself to breathe in the deeper, easier way we remember from our time doing meditation practice. Stand up for what is right, and breathe carefully and deeply as we do so. Do the routine work of our days, and pay attention and breathe deeply as we do so. Take time to relax and celebrate, time we richly deserve, and breathe easily and deeply as we do so.

Care for the children, and take time to breathe deeply while we care for the children. Maybe we can even teach them to breathe more easily.

Breathe deep, my friends.

May it ever be so.
Rev. George Buchanan