Hard to believe that Christmas is behind us now, and New Years is waiting to welcomed. This Christmas was spent, finishing wrapping presents, preparing food for guests, and getting costumes ready for our annual Christmas pageant at the Unitarian Universalist that we attend. I have found this place to be a perfect antidote to the intense consumerism of this time of year found on Long Island (and everywhere else, I suspect), as well as a place in which we are free to find our own personal truths in a faith community. In fact, the seven principles of our faith are real and practical to us. In our religious education classes, we have put them into words that are understandable for the very young. They are:
- Each person is important.
- Be kind in all you do.
- We believe it is important to continue learning our whole lives.
- Each of us has the right to search for what we believe.
- We support democracy for the whole world.
- We believe in peace.
- We are all part of the interdependent web of life.
Of course, in a community where everyone is free to search for their own personal truth, there are times when varying beliefs can clash. This is the struggle of true democracy. We have found that working together with others in our community with respect for the beliefs of others has taught us valuable life lessons. We hope that this will transfer to our children and that they will grow up with negotiation skills, and with an open mind towards the diversity of life.
Finally, the Unitarian seven principles are in good sync with our own personal beliefs of natural living. Our belief that we are all part of the interdependent web of life translates to us to eating food from farms that support animals living in the way in which they were intending to live – openly grazing, free of drugs and hormones. We support local farms, which in today’s commercial food culture supports our belief in economic democracy. We continue to learn about the various ways to support health, emotional growth, and spirituality. We pray for peace in these troubled times. We try to remember that every person is important, which seems to me to be the essence of compassion.
Wishing everyone peace, good health, and happiness this holiday season.
Lisa Fyfe is a contributing columnist for The Lohasian. Her column, “Life with Fyfe” provides a perspective on the everyday life of a modern holistic mom, as well as provides an insider look into best strategies for natural health and healing for the whole family.
Lisa is a Reiki Master, and an expert in Essential Oil Healing, and has spent the last several years extensively researching traditional diet and nutrition, with a focus on “whole,” locally grown and raised natural foods. She is a married mother of two children, Sophie (4 1/2) and Max (6months). Lisa approaches mothering as her highest calling, and believes that all mothers are natural healers and enjoys helping mothers (and others) help their children through the use of a variety of natural modalities.
Lisa is a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, and her website can be found at http://lisafyfe.younglivingworld.com