What is Resilience?
Resilience is a special superpower that allows us to recover quickly when things get hard. It may make us feel "tough" or "strong" while we tackle a challenge.
Resilience can be a complicated word for anybody, no matter their age. Hopefully these hands on tools and practices help you learn and live out resilience in your heart everyday.
Check out Vasilisa, the Brave Russian fairy tale at the Okanagan Regional Library
Sweet, lovely Vasilisa lives with her jealous stepmother and stepsisters on the edge of a dark forest inhabited by the evil witch Baba Yaga. One night the stepmother sends Vasilisa to visit Baba Yaga, an errand from which the gentle girl has little chance of returning alive.
Construct Family Resilience Centerpiece/Chalice Lighting
Choose a cloth/piece of fabric, a chalice/favorite candle, an offering box/bowl, a way of sharing Joys and Sorrows (candles or rocks in water).
Decorating your sacred space to represent resilience with Twigs and Rocks, Sand tray/houseplant (for Grit) or Paper People Chain or photo of church community/family.
Say these words:“In this quiet place of beauty we promise to be kind and gentle with ourselves. We are doing the best we can and that is all we can do. We are supported and will support others with kindness
Share Joys & Sorrows of the day or week .
Chalice Lighting: “We light this chalice for the warmth of love, the light of truth and the energy of action.”
Go outside and try something that seems challenging to you. These might be challenges which take a little effort, and some tries may fail. Examples are balancing on a board, climbing over a table or monkey bars, swinging, skipping, hopping. Encourage each other by saying “Keep trying!” if with friends.
Rev. Theresa Soto
Even though they are edible, someone
decided that dandelions are weeds, stragglers
to destroy, to uproot. But dandelions
never got the memo, never
thought to care. busy instead
with dropping roots, flinging seeds, unfurling
shoots. And persistent in digging in that
taproot to depths of two or three average
adults end to end, the tiny yellow flower
You are no less resilient, reaching
both down to the strength that holds you,
and up, up to the light, out with your beauty.
And you know, having sunk your effort into
the cool, damp earth - that while dandelions
can be clipped and fought, univested
in anyone’s opinion they through their
sparkling futures onto the wind, tomorrow tucked
into seeds, and grow all the way back, strong and bowing
at the very same time.