“Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
“You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.”
“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.”
William Gladstone – (1809-1898)
I hope you are well and happy, being peace and enjoying this beautiful evening.
I am feeling deep gratitude for all of you who were with us at the Aldersgate Retreat. It was very moving to be able to be in silence and deepen our practice together. I hope that you were able to return a little lighter having begun to let go of those things that are weighing you down.
This is to let you know that the Van Horn’s who normally host the 4th Sunday will not be able to do so this coming Sunday….so….our gathering will be at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. in Wakefield at 6 PM.
We will observe memorial day….by being peace. We will enjoy a sitting meditation….a walking meditation in the garden that now has lilacs and crabapples and cherries in bloom. We will look at ways of being peace in our daily lives and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Some of you might remember Tim Desmond who sat with our sangha while at URI. He then went to CA to graduate school, married Annie Millar and they came East to live at the Morning Sun Community in NH and had a son. I am sad to say that Annie was diagnosed with cancer last week and had surgery on Friday. It was stage 3 colorectal cancer and she will need to be undergoing ongoing treatment. They are the most wonderful young couple. Please hold them in your prayers and meditations and send lots of healing energy their way.
I hope that you will be enjoying every moment until next we meet.
with much love and the deep peace of a springtime evening for you,
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”