7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
Water is interconnected just as we are with our community and friends from afar. Water is versatile, playful and can take many forms- just like we can. We use water as a living metaphor to represent a cleansing for the year ahead, and as a way to encounter the natural world. These resources focus on water play, cooling meditations, examination of Indigenous people’s right to clean water, and the healing our soul undergoes in the presence of any body of water.
Graphic Novel (Ages 7+)
This Was Our Pact
It's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they'll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars, but could that actually be true? This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go. The plan is to follow the river on their bikes for as long as it takes to learn the truth, but it isn't long before the pact is broken by all except for Ben. Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel farther than anyone has ever gone, down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship.
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Modified At Home Water Communion:
Discuss your favorite body of water. Think of memories, how it makes your family feel and discuss why you are choosing to visit it. Note that some family members may want to collect water from a different place. This can make for a fun day trip!
Plan a trip to this body of water and collect some water in a jar.
In your home, perhaps at your chalice, pour it into a bowl and explain why water is important. Perhaps write it down, and set intentions of renewal for September.
“I Became Water”
I became water
and saw myself
became an ocean
saw myself a speck
saw that all is but
and found myself
Connect Beyond the Home: Healthy Souls Cooking Event: Cooking With What Mother Nature Gave us This Week!
Water is essential in growing our food to sustain us! We achieve a sense of renewal each time we nourish ourselves from the earth, everything is interconnected! Prepare a specialty dish using garden or farmer’s market produce. What makes this fun during the fall is that different types of food are ready at different times, so every week one or two types of vegetables are the star of the show. And overflow our garden baskets! So this is a great way to help each other figure out what to do with all of the turnips and zucchini from this week! Theme connection: For so many of us, cultivating our gardens is the primary way we renew our spirits. To celebrate that we are inviting this family to share their special recipe from their garden. Share your recipe video or picture with Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can post it onto our instagram and facebook :)