4-1-18 Sangha Update

​“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes,
and the grass grows, by itself.”
Basho

Happy Easter, Happy Passover

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying these brand new hours.

This is a wonderful weekend. There is so much wholesome energy being generated all over the world. It is a most sacred time for Christians and Jews. Passover and Easter falling at the same time along with a beautiful full blue moon. Whatever you choose to celebrate, it is a beautiful time to rejoice and enjoy with family and friends. And even though I understand that an April snow is expected, we know that mother nature is determinedly having her way…the crocus, daffodils, etc. are coming through!

This is just a brief reminder that there will be a gathering this evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County on North Rd in Peace Dale at 6 PM. There will be a sitting meditation and Clare will facilitate. The focus will be on Easter and Passover through the lens of our practice. I hope you will be able to attend.

I am sorry to say that I will not be able to be with you. I have been hospitalized since last Saturday and I am even sorrier to say that it seems that the cancer has re-emerged in my abdomen. The extent and the possibilities for treatment have not yet been determined. I have been very ill and have low energy. So it has been an extremely challenging time for Richard and me. We are practicing “Don’t know mind”.

I know that many of you have been anxious to know what is going on (so have we!) I am sorry to not have more to share, but I don’t want to be passing news of which I am not certain. I will keep you posted when anything becomes clear.

We deeply appreciate all of your love, care and concern and prayers. It is very moving that many of you would like to help. You are such sweet Bodhisattvas! Right now there is nothing much to do. Down the line there may very well be lots of opportunities to help us. We will let you know. your well wishes are appreciated, I apologize for not being able to respond.

In the meantime, please do all you can to deepen your practice and support the Sangha…..and…..please continue to hold us in your prayers and in your hearts and send metta. We feel so blessed to have you in our lives.

with all my love and the miracles of this season of freedom, rebirth and resurrection for you,
Joanne

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3-24-18 Sangha Update

“When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
“Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh​

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the first signs of spring.

This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering of the Sangha tomorrow evening at 6 PM at the home of the Van Horn’s. (directions below0 There will be sitting meditation,and walking meditation. I hope that you are able to be there.

This is also a reminder that today is the March for our Lives. The RI Community of Mindfulness will be offering a peaceful presence.
I have been very inspired by the students who are responding to the school shootings by demanding a better, safer world in which to grow up. There will be a rally in Providence today to support their March for Our Lives – The R I Community of Mindfulness will participate gathering on the Smith Street side of the State House and processing to the rally at 12:45. If you would like to take part, all are welcome. The details are below….

There are lots of opportunities to deepen our practice.
It is a time when we are dealing with a lot of divisiveness and conflict in our country. Susan Glogovac shared this lovely practice….

https://avatarjournal.com/home/exercises/37-ex-17-compassion.html

Registration is now open for the Aldersgate Retreat. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to deepen our practice together in a lovely setting. I hope you will consider joining us. Scholarships are available. Info and registration available at joanne friday.com/calendar

I hope you are able to be with us and in the meantime,

with much love and the joy of being peace for you,
Joanne

You are invited to join the
Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness at
March for Our Lives – Rhode Island
March 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Rhode Island State House

Gather by 12:45 p.m.
at the Smith Street side of the State House

We will process together to the south side of the State House
Look for our banner (see below)
All are welcome!

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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