You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
~ Mary Oliver ~
…Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
~from Desiderata by Max Erhman~
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this beautiful summertime we are having. The photo above was taken last Tuesday….and has not been manipulated in any way! We are so lucky to live in a world that is constantly offering us the opportunity to be awestruck and experience a sense of wonder!
CLEAR HEART SANGHA – will be gathering this Sunday evening at 6 PM at the home of the VanHorns. Information and directioons below. There will be a sitting meditation and recorded talk by Thich Nhat Hanh. I hope that you will be able to be there.
REMEMBER!!!!!! THERE WILL NOT BE A GATHERING OF THE CLEAR HEART SANGHA ON SEPT. 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MIND TAMERS – will be meeting on Tuesday evening at 6:30 at St. Matthew’s Church in West Barrington. We will have sitting/walking/sitting meditation, I will offer some more of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings and we will look at how they can be applied to our daily lives. This will be followed by a Dharma sharing. Come and be joyfully together!
Saturday, September 1, Peace Walk at WaterFire
On Saturday, September 1st, 2012, the Peace Flag Project will hold a silent walking meditation at WaterFire in beautiful downtown Providence, Rhode Island to help celebrate the Month of Peace in honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace. We would like everyone to walk with us and if you are so moved, you may walk with a Luminaria Candle for a $5 donation to support WaterFire. If you can, please come and help us to create a river of peace through the crowd at Waterfire! for more info please go to …
HELP WANTED!!!!!!!!! Ginny Fox, the founder of the Peace Flag Project and the coordinator of Peace Month needs volunteers to help. If you are able …please contact her at email@example.com
September 29, 2012 Peacefully Together: A Day of Mindfulness for all ages. at the Land Trust Barn in South Kingstown, Matunuck, RI from 10 -2 PM Please join us for a day to practice cultivating peace in ourselves, our families and the world. There will be child care for the very young, and activities for children of all ages! registration info and forms will be up soon at...http://joannefriday.com/calendar/
HELP WANTED!! Jennifer has kindly volunteered to coordinate the day and would like some volunteers to help with the day and with child care….If you can help out please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org,
October 12 – 14, 2012 New London Community of Mindfulness Retreat: Riding the Waves of Change Fearlessly: Maintaining Our Balance in Turbulent Times This is a beautiful place to practice in mid-October….with lovely people supporting each other in our practice. information and registration available at...http://joannefriday.com/calendar/
Save the Date! October 27 Day of Mindfulness in West Hartford, CT. The details will be posted at joannefriday.com as soon a we receive them.
OPPORTUNITIES TO PRACTICE GENEROSITY
The Sharing Locker at the Westminster Unitarian Church provides those things which are not covered by food stamps to those who are in need of them. Some of the things they are needing at this time are school supplies, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and pet food. If you are able, please bring your items to donate to any of our meetings and they will be taken to Westminster.
Help Children in Nicaragua I know that many of us are often looking for organizations to support where we can be sure that our donations are being put to good use. Here is one that I am aware of…..One of the aspirants to our Order, whom I am mentoring, Laura Hopps, recently received a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School. She has moved to Nicaragua and has begun work with ProNica, see below for details. Laura is a wonderful woman, doing lots of good work in the world. If you are able to support her and this organization, please do.
Most of all, I hope that you will be able to be with us for some or all of the above …and in the meantime, I hope that you will be aware of your blessings and enjoy every moment of this precious lifetime.
with much love, many hugs and the deep peace of a brand new day for you,
HELP FOR CHILDREN IN NICARAGUA
Asociación Los Quinchos is a multifaceted program for former street children, many of whom are survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse, abandonment, and addiction to glue and other drugs. Founded by Zelinda Roccia in 1991, Los Quinchos serves more than 200 children in residential programs and street outreach programs with meals, addiction recovery programs, educational support, and a safe home environment with holistic psychological support in their residential programs.
Among the projects at Los Quinchos are: an outreach and intake center for street children in Managua, a boys farm where 45 boys currently live, a cultural center and library, and a girls residence in San Marcos with over 30 girls presently living there.
In past years, ProNica’s generous donors helped the Quinchos extend their outreach to feed 45 children who live and work in the Managua city landfill, La Chureca.
During the summer months before the Christmas giving season begins, Los Quinchos has a hard time feeing all of the 200 children in their programs. Pronica is now searching for donations to support the most urgent need at the Los Quinchos center in the Managua city dump.
A healthy meal cost $1.50 a day. One lunch for one day costs $70; for a week costs $400; for a month costs $1600. To assist this vital program, mark your contribution.
See how to make a tax-deductible donation at: http://pronica.org/donate/
ProNica is a Quaker organization working in solidarity to support the empowerment of Nicaraguan communities since 1986 with a commitment to non-violence, peace-building and social justice.
Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home
Address: 24 Mallory Lane Wakefield, RI 02879
From the North:
Take US 1-S to RI-138
Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles
Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right.
Take the next left onto Rodman Street. (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign.
Mallory Lane will be on your left. Our house is the second on the left.
See below for parking.
From the South/West:
Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits
Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.)
Turn left onto Pond St. Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main.
Turn right onto Main. Drive a short distance
Turn left onto High St. Drive past town hall.
In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen.
At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman. Continue past one stop sign. Mallory Lane is on the right. Our house is the second on the left
Parking: Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street. 3-4 cars will fit in our driveway. If there is no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr. Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr. Thank you!!