I've been using Compassionate Communication in this support group since the beginning. Now I'm adding another dimension.
I have come to believe that the place and time on Earth where I live gives me good reasons to feel anxious and to become depressed. I mean real reasons that would make reasonable people feel depressed and anxious.
The Unitarian Universalist Association agrees and responds to this reality with sources for support including Trauma Ministry, rational spiritual practices, grief support resources, and acceptance of ourselves, as we are.
TRAUMA RESPONSE RESOURCES
Acts of violence call for Unitarian Universalist responses.
) Faith Development Office, to help children, families, and communities process trauma, disaster, and acts of violence.
SPIRITUAL PRACTICES AND RESOURCES
Spiritual practices can help us with mental illness, just like they can help us with other difficult parts of our lives. While spiritual practices can be useful, they are not a substitute for other forms of treatment or symptom management such as therapy, medication, exercise, and getting support.
During a pandemic we will have more people in our communities being touched by death, and fewer ways to support them. Explore some creative ways that Unitarians are preparing and supporting their communities and friends.
“Spiritual growth isn’t about a vertical ascent to heaven but about growth in every dimension at once. It’s spirituality in 3-D. Growth in spirit doesn’t measure one’s proximity to a God above, but rather the spaciousness of one’s own soul—its volume, its capacity, its size."
—Rev. Rob Hardies, All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC