“Beauty is a heart that generates love and a mind that is open. To love is first of all to accept yourself as you actually are. True Love contains Respect.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
I hope you are all well and enjoying this extraordinary blossoming of springtime.
A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all and my annual mailing of Julia Ward Howe’s first Mother’s Day Proclamation can be found below.
This is a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow night at 6:30 PM at St Matthew’s Church in West Barrington. We will have our regular sitting, walking and sitting and I will share some things from a talk of Thay’s that I recently heard about how we can develop our equanimity and be of some help in this topsy turvy world we have created for ourselves. I hope that you will be able to be with us.
Please remember that Thich Nhat Hanh’s talks can be found at tnhaudio.org...there is a wonderful one called the Long Hand of the Four Fold Sangha which was given on June 11, 2010 and uploaded July 6. Enjoy!
There will be a wonderful coming together of all the Buddhist groups in RI this Saturday to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. I am sorry to say that I was not able to accept an invitation to take part as I had already made a commitment to perform a wedding that day...but I hope that you will be able to celebrate! (I am sorry that I cannot include attachments of flyers that folks send me as they get tagged as spam) for more info please go to..... www.providencezen.org/vesak-2011-celebrating-the-life-of-buddha
RI Buddhist Community celebration of Vesak, the traditional celebration of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. It is being sponsored collaboratively by multiple Buddhist groups in RI and will be held at the Providence Zen Center on Saturday, May 14 from 9 am to 2 pm.
Please also save June 25 for a Day of Mindfulness for individuals and families. It will be held at the Providence Friends Meeting. It should be lots of fun....a great way to build community and introduce children of all ages to the practice of Mindfulness. This is being organized by members of the various Sanghas that make up the RI Community of Mindfulness. More info below.
Also there will be a Day of Mindfulness at the Land Trust in South Kingstown on Saturday, July 16th. More info will follow. This is the first one we will have in the summertime. The location is very near the beach. Please come and plan on spending the day...we will end at 4 PM ...bring a picnic supper for the beach afterward!
We also received this announcement from Linda Lamont. It sounds like a wonderful event in which to participate...check it out...On June 18th (8:00 pm) there will be a “worldwide” effort to heal the world. The Buddhist Channel is sponsoring a one hour silent sit (meditation, prayer) on this day. If anyone would look to sign up and leave a message they can link to the web cite at www.themomentofpeace.com.
Again, we have ample opportunities! I hope you can join us for all of them! Thich Nhat Hanh always reminds us that happiness is available to us in every moment...we should take advantage of it!!!
with much love and the lullaby of the crickets for you,
Joyfully Together, a Day of Mindfulness for Families
Join other families in taking a few hours out of the commotion, errands and chores to: Stop. Breathe. And smile joyfully to those we love. Saturday, June 25, 2011 9AM to 2:30PM Providence Friends Meeting House, 99 Morris Avenue, Providence, RI
Join us for a Day of Mindfulness, practicing together to nourish and strengthen the roots of peace and joy in our families. There will be a children’s dharma talk followed by a talk for adults and games and mindful activities for children. We will all practice walking meditation, deep relaxation and eat lunch together mindfully.
According to medical researchers at Duke University, children and parents who use these practices are able to reduce stress, accept the past and worry less about the future, make more rational decisions and better appreciate their environment and themselves. They also showed an increased ability to focus and maintain concentration, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, reduce aggression and cope with chronic conditions.
Suggested donation per family is $10; please feel free to pay what you can. Individuals are welcome as well as families of all kinds and children of all ages.
To register, or for more information, email Janice@janicekissinger.com or call 401-569-7761. Once registered, you will receive information on what to bring and a general schedule.
The first attempts to establish a Mother’s Day in North America began with groups of women who came together to promote peace. More specifically, it started with a Proclamation written by a prominent activist, Julia Ward Howe, who had authored The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12 years earlier.
The proclamation was written in response to the death and destruction of the Civil War that Julia Ward Howe had witnessed.
She worked with widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides, and became distressed when she realized that the devastating effects of war go far beyond killing soldiers in battle.
In her Proclamation, she called on mothers everywhere to join together to promote peaceful relations and disarmament.
Here is The First Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870:
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts. Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears!
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Say firmly: We will not have questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage, For caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
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From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm, Disarm!” The sword of murder is not the balance of Justice! Blood does not wipe out dishonor Nor violence indicate possession.
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As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, Each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God –
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In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask That a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
— JULIA WARD HOWE, 1870