Visual Meditations

The Lens that We See Through

What we are looking for often determines what we see. A gentle exploration of moving beyond our own expectations.

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You! You are Amazing!

This short film by Kurt Kuenne was a great addition to the multigeneration service that we celebrated on September 19.

This film, a zany short about a parking attendant who redefines what it means to validate, is a great example of how we can live our Unitarian Universalist principles.

For me, this movie, and this idea of validation helps me to be faithfully connected to living my Unitarian Universalist faith.

Validation means to demonstrate or support the truth or value of someone’s feelings or stories and to think about how it is for them. To validate some else, their experience, the way they look at the world is a learned skill, because we have to no think about ourselves or that we have to fix the situation.

Validation is a skill that we can learn and it is a living example of putting our Unitarian Universalist principles into action.

By consciously choosing to validate someone we are:

Acknowledging the inherent worth and dignity of every person; we are treating every person as important.

We are accepting one another and encouraging them to spiritual growth and learning and growing with them.

And when we validate ourselves and each other, we are working for and helping to create a more peaceful world. And peace, like validation, ripples out to encourage just and sustainable communities where there is a better chance for liberty and justice for everybody.

For as much as Unitarian Universalism is a religion that encourages an open mind, a loving heart and helping hands, it doesn’t tell us exactly how to do that. It trusts and encourages us to find our own way. It supports us if we lose our way, and helps us to find our spark, our inner light and our unique loving presence in the world.

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Designed to Last

Want to know where your old computers go to when you're done with them.

The Story of Stuff team just released this new film - The Story of Electronics. It shows how we throw away millions of tons of electronics every year and what that means for the planet.

It illustrated that most "recyclers" in the United States don't really recycle our old electronics. Instead, they ship them by the container load to developing nations, like China, India, Ghana, and Nigeria. There, the toxics inside these products cause great harm, contaminating air and water, and exposing workers and communities to horrible, harmful chemicals. Piles of trashed, unrecyclable electronics dot the landscape.

In the end, it recommends that we design things to last. And if you want to help make this reality, you can tell your Representative that supporting the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (HR 6252) is the most important thing Congress can do to solve the e-waste problem. Here's a link to a sample letter you can send. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2155/p/dia/action3/common/public/?a...

Visit http://www.cleanwateraction.org/ for more information on constructive ways that you can practice the seventh principle of respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are all apart.

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What do we live for?

I find this commercial interesting because it is selling people a dream and an opportunity to wake up.

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Conscious men

I was intrigued and touched by this video.