and the frog and the Buddha are one!
We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always— A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) And all shall be well and All manner of thing shall be well When the tongues of flame are in-folded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and the rose are one. —T.S. Eliot
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the exploration and this coming on of springtime.
We will be having a first of the month meeting at the Unitarian Church at the Lily Pads next Sunday, April 3, at 6 PM. We have a sitting meditation and will continue to use "The Miracle of Mindfulness as the ground for our discussion. I hope you will be able to be with us then.
The following Sunday there will be a meeting at Sue and Roger Morgan's home. You can find information about this and other upcoming events at the calendar link on joannefriday.com or at Clearheartsangha.org.
This is also a reminder of upcoming Days of Mindfulness...one in Franklin, MA on the 9th of April on the topic of Reconciliation...and one in Waterbury, CT on the 16th of April on Removing the Obstacles to our Happiness. I hope you can join us for one or both of these days.
This is a reminder that registration is ongoing and spaces are filling up for the Order Member and Aspirant Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery, Deepening our Basic Practice, April 27-May 1. Register by going to www.bluecliffmonastery.org. There is information and a registration form for the retreat: you can find the retreat information by going to "upcoming events" or "calendar."
This is also a reminder that the Deer Park teachings on the Fourteen Verses on Meditation are still available for downloading on the deerparkmonastery.org website. We have lots of opportunities to be joyfully together and deepen our practice!
with much love and the lullaby of the spring peepers for you, Joanne
* I am sorry that I cannot credit the photo...I cannot remember who sent it to me...if you did, please let me know!