4-29-16 Sangha Update

the preacher copyOne of the beautiful new friends I made while celebrating
the  8 year anniversary of my surgery
at the
Conservatory Garden
A truly splendid being!

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying every minute.

I am finally home for a little while and it is wonderful. It was particularly wonderful to come home Sunday night to folks doing walking meditation among the daffodils in our yard.

All of the retreats were very good. The Order member and aspirant retreat at Blue cliff was particularly meaningful…in that we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Order. There were talks on the beginnings of the Order, what is happening now and looking together at our next 50 years. It was good to have Order members and aspirants from 4 of our Sanghas there to really experience the four-fold community.

On Monday Richard and I celebrated my 8 year anniversary of my surgery at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. It is a garden of Eden and along with the beautiful flowers, we met some very beautiful beings.

This is a reminder that there will be a gathering Sunday at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Road in Peace Dale. Clare  will facilitate and we will enjoy sitting meditation, look together at the next chapter in Thay’s book, “Creating True Peace”, recite the Mindfulness Trainings and  share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

I have been invited to offer a  Day of Mindfulness on “Being At Peace in the Eye of the Storm” on  Cape Cod on Saturday, May 14. If any of you would like to spend some time on the Cape, please come and join us. Registration is necessary and all the info is available at joannefriday.com/calendar

I hope you can be with us, and until then enjoy this beautiful spring….the hummingbirds are back!!!

With much love and  many hugs,
Joanne

orange and purple tulips

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4-2-2016 Sangha Update

daffodil close up copy 2“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
Victor Hugo

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
Oscar Wilde

“You’re frustrated because you keep waiting for the blooming of flowers of which you have yet to sow the seeds.”
Steve Maraboli

Fortunately in our Sangha there are many compassionate flowers, that have the capacity to listen, to understand, to love. Are you one of these rare flowers in the Sangha? What is the way to restore the flowerness in you? Breathing in, I see that I am a flower. Breathing out, I feel fresh as a flower. That is very important. We must be an example of a fresh flower, and the helper of other flowers in the Sangha. We need a lot of flowers in the Sangha.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well, blooming beautifully and sowing the seeds for a lovely future to manifest!

This is just a reminder that we will be gathering on Sunday evening at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Road in Peace Dale. We will enjoy a sitting meditation. Clare will be facilitating and we will continue to look together at the next chapter in “Creating True Peace”. There will then be a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. I hope you can be with us.

I will be offering some retreats this month (please send me some metta!), I will likely have limited access to computers…..so here is the schedule of events….
Please note the changes for the 3rd and 4th Sundays!!!Please keep this mailing!

April 3 – Clear Heart Gathering at the UU Church in Peace Dale at 6 PM
April 9 – Generations Sangha Gathering at Westminster Unitarian in East Greenwich 10 AM
this is a sangha for all ages. Some singing, projects for children and sitting for adults. 11:30-12
fellowship and snacks!
April 10 – Clear Heart Gathering at the West Home at 6 PM focus on “The Mindfulness Survival Kit”
directions below.
Change of venue for the 3rd and 4th Sundays!!!
April 17 – Clear Heart Gathering at the Van Horn Home 6 PM – directions below
April 24 – Clear Heart Gathering at our home at 6 PM

Save the Date: May 14! There will be a Day of Mindfulness at Orleans on Cape Cod. It is a truly lovely setting with sweet beings. I will forward the flyer when I get more info.

The Aldersgate Retreat is filled…you can still be on the waiting list…info at joannefriday.com/calendar

There are many wonderful opportunities to practice. The talk by Thich Nhat Hanh that I used at our last gathering is available – along with lots of others – at tnhaudio.org. Enjoy!

Since this is the season for thinking of gardens and flowers…If you are planning on planting….you might like to think of the endangered monarch butterflies  -they are true miracles, as well as important pollinators! We noticed how few were visiting our garden last year. Their population is seriously diminished. You might like to add some plants for them….here are some they like very much.

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed) – for the caterpillars to cacoon

These are for nectar for the butterflies:
Lantana urticoides (Texas lantana)
Buddleja marrubiifolia (woolly butterflybush)
Monarda didyma (scarlet beebalm)
Rudbeckia hirta (blackeyed Susan)
Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower)

with much love and gratitude for you,
Joanne

DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME

We live about 2 miles from URI.  From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd.  (across the street from  big sign ““Kingston Hill Store  Books  Used and Rare””.  Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light).  Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T.  You will see our corner property from there.  Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr.  We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest).  Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!

Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home

Address: 24 Mallory Lane Wakefield, RI 02879
 Phone: 401-871-1838
 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!!!

 

 

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