4-21-18 Sangha Update – we’ll meet at our home

Happy Earth Day!

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

What an amazing planet!
The emergence of spring is a reminder of what a miracle it is.

The wisdom in every plant, every bulb…knowing just when to emerge and being perfectly designed and packaged to unfold into these extraordinary structures.

Be in awe!
Enjoy being at one with it all!

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well and happy and feeling deeply a part of mother earth. Thay always reminded us that to talk of environment as if it were outside of ourselves was incorrect. We are the environment. To take good care of the environment is taking good care of ourselves.

Thay gave a beautiful talk about this which you can find on youtube…simply type in “Moving Beyond the idea of Environment”
Enjoy!

This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering of the Sangha on Sunday evening at 6 PM at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd, Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting, walking in the garden (weather permitting) and sitting. I will offer a short talk (this is my first venture since being in the hospital and my energy is limited!)
And we will share the Dharma. It will be wonderful to be able to be together again. I hope you will be able to join us.

I have been so moved by all of your beautiful well wishes and heartfelt prayers. Please keep them coming….and…

enjoy every moment!

with much love and gratitude,
Joanne

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

 

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4-14-18 Sangha Update

They’re Back!!!

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring.
I am going to look around at all the flowers,
and look up at the hectic trees.
I am going to close my eyes and listen.
Ann Lamott

Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.
—Gustav Mahler

Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.
Lilly Pulitzer

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a
tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.
W. Earl Hall

My friends,
The spring has come;
The earth has gladly received the embrace of the sun,
and we shall soon see the results of their love!
Sitting Bull

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying these first warm days of spring…the peepers here are so excited they have been up all night long!

This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering tomorrow evening at 6 PM. Usually the third Sunday would be at our home but the West’s have been kind enought to offer to host at their home. (directions below)There will be sitting, walking, sitting meditation, a Dharma talk and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be there.

I have been so moved by all of your prayers and beautiful well wishes. This has been a very challenging time and a very slow process, but I had a follow up check in yesterday and it seems that some progress has been made. I know that in terms of my practice, some progress has been made…I have had to work diligently with the paramita of patience and I have these instructions of Thay’s next to my bed, which I have been following….

​Please continue to send prayers.

For a beautiful meditation on the energy of spring and the miracle of nature’s designs…go to youtube and cut and paste the following into the search box…(I would send the link, but that got blocked in the last two mailings….
“Time-Lapse: Watch Flowers Bloom Before Your Eyes | Short Film Showcase”

and for the children in your life…or the child in you….
“Spring is Here Song”

Most importantly be fully present for every moment of this glorious season. A fifteen minute mindful walk to observe the sights, sounds and fragrances of springtime is a blessing. Enjoy!

with much love and gratitude for this miraculous cosmos, of which we are a part,
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)!

 

 

 

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