RevBev Update 4 September, 2020

Dear Unity Community:

 

There are a couple of things on my mind today I want to express to you.  I believe they could be helpful reminders. 

 

We are two months away from knowing the outcome of the election of the president of the United States.  Often when the election rolls around, people have their party preferences but they’re somewhat indifferent to the possible outcome.  This is not the case in the year 2020.  With the increased global anxiety created by the pandemic overlaid with the extreme polarization of the national political parties, many people are very emotional about this election.  If you’re like me, you have loved-ones, friends and family members on both side of the fence.  Let’s all make a commitment over the next couple of months to listen with compassion and not to judge others for their differing opinions.  Often the easiest thing to do is to avoid the topic, but that isn’t always possible.  If we can't agree to disagree or to stay off the topic, and, we find ourselves in a political conversation with opposing viewpoints, we can always become curious and allow the other person to express their opinion without judging them.  I realize this is easier said than done, but it can be done.  Even if you say nothing in response, the energy of judgement is palpable.  Let’s all be willing to listen with compassion.  Let’s consciously choose a position of compassion, not one of left or right.  The heightened emotion being expressed can often be an indicator of the fear underlying various beliefs and concerns.  Let’s allow our awareness to lead us to compassion.  I strongly encourage us all to commit to this position.  Go to compassion.  It isn’t worth ruining relationships with friends and relatives just to feel that we’re right about something.  The rhetorical question comes to mind, “Would you rather be right or would you rather have peace?”   You have an action to take on November 3.  You can vote.  Please do vote your conscience in whatever direction that takes you.  Your friends and family members will be in your life for many presidents to come.  Decide for yourself to maintain the sanctity of love and compassion in your relationships now.  Don’t throw them away over one election season.

 

In an excerpt from the Rumi poem titled The Great Wagon, he writes:

      “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field.
         I’ll meet you there.”

 

Let’s meet our friends and loved-ones in this field, the field of compassion.

 

In the more immediate future, the Labor Day weekend is upon us.  Our country experienced spikes in the spread of the COVID19 virus following the Memorial Day and July 4th holiday weekends.  I realize it is frustrating when you want to get together and have that end-of-summer barbeque with friends and family as you always have done. 

 

Please remember to observe the staying well guidelines.

  1. Gathering outside is safer than gathering inside.  The virus is not spread as easily outdoors.
  2. Wear a mask.
  3. Maintain the six-foot social distance with anyone outside your immediate household whether you greet them inside or outside. 
  4. Wash your hands often.  If you do not have soap and running water available, a 70% alcohol hand sanitizer is the best alternative.

   5. The CDC recently added this additional guideline. 
       If you must gather, avoid meal sharing.  If at all possible,
       serve individually packaged meals and use disposable
       utensils. 

My sister gave me a summer cold, which is a virus, a few months ago by preparing my meals when I visited her.  (I had it checked and it wasn’t COVID19.)  This is how viruses spread without us thinking about it.  My nephew and his girlfriend contracted COVID19 from a friend who came over for dinner.  It wasn’t even a party.  It was simply sharing a meal.

 

Enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend.  Be the Love you are in the world.

 

Namaste. I love you,
RevBev

email: minister@unityhillcountry.org