“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. At such a moment there is no point in pretending that nothing happened or saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny. “ Paul Coelho

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” Warren Buffet

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you riding the waves of change fearlessly in a sturdy vessel and enjoying every present moment.

There will be a meeting of the Mind Tamers Sangha on Tuesday evening at St. Matthews Church in West Barrington at 6 :30 PM. Shana will be facilitating and it should be a lovely evening. I hope that you will be able to make it.

Our dear Sangha sister Dania was in a very serious car accident....a young woman was searching for directions on her GPS -crossed the line and hit Dania's car....Please hold her in your prayers and meditations as well as in your hearts. She would love to have calls and visitors.....I have spoken with her and Shana has visited her and sends the following:

Greetings Mind Taming friends,

I wanted to give you the heads up that our dear Dania Whitaker was in a serious car accident a week ago and is in rehab with broken ankles, broken left collarbone and broken fingers. I visited her today and she is doing incredibly well given her injuries - typing (with one finger) on her laptop from the bed, creating final exam for her students and grading papers. She is in good spirits. She would definitely appreciate metta. In addition, below is contact and visitor info:

Dania told me she would love visitors, but please call ahead as she is in therapy twice a day. Phone is 401-851-8516 direct to her room (her cell phone was lost in the accident). She also would appreciate emails (dwhitake@bryant.edu), since she has wireless connection to her laptop right at her bed. And cards can be sent to Dania Whitaker, Grand Islander Nursing Center, 333 Green End Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842

May 12 10-12 there will be a meeting of the Generations Sangha - the sangha for all ages- at the Westminster Unitarian Church. If you can support this effort to create a practice opportunity for families, please do.

Donna and Stephen of the Westminster Sangha will be offering the "Change the Dream" workshop on Saturday, May 12 after the Generations Sangha!!!! Make a Day of it!. See below.

Thank you for all of your good wishes. Please continue to hold my father in your prayers and meditations. I am still with him and he is showing some signs of improvement, but will need to undergo yet another surgery tomorrow.

Please remember that we will be enjoying a RI Community of Mindfulness Retreat at Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate from May 18-22. I hope that you will all be able to be with us. You can find all the info and registration form at joannefriday.com

Also I am including my annual edition of the original Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe...which is a very moving plea for peace. I hope that all of you who are mothers or have a mother who is still living will have a beautiful celebration and be able to enjoy all of your blessings.

I also hope that life unfolds in such a way that our paths can connect again very soon.

Until then, I will be breathing and smiling and watering lots of seeds of joy to expand my capacity to be with what is…..I hope you will too!

With much love and deepest gratitude, and the awareness that the sun is always shining above the rain clouds for you, Joanne

Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe*, 1870 The First Mother's Day proclaimed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe was a passionate demand for disarmament and peace. Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears! Say firmly: "We will not have great 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 taught them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." 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 not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. 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 & commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesars but of God. 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. Biography of Julia Ward Howe US feminist, reformer, and writer Julia Ward Howe was born May 27, 1819 in New York City. She married Samuel Gridley Howe of Boston, a physician and social reformer. After the Civil War, she campaigned for women rights, anti-slavery, equality, and for world peace. She published several volumes of poetry, travel books, and a play. She became the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1908. She was an ardent antislavery activist who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1862, sung to the tune of John Brown's Body. She wrote a biography in 1883 of Margaret Fuller, who was a prominent literary figure and a member of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalists. She died in 1910.

Discover Your Power to Create a Thriving, Just, and Sustainable World Where on Earth are we going? The Pachamama Alliance Awakening the Dreamer Symposium will be offered May 12th, 2012 at Westminster Unitarian Church 119 Kenyon Ave East Greenwich RI from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Through video, lecture and participant interaction we will look at the present condition of our planet, how we got here and what is being done to assure we leave a thriving earth for future generations. Pre-registration is necessary. The symposium is open to the pubic. Registration suggested donation $5.00. (The cost is being subsidized for this event). For additional symposium information contact Donna Schmader atawakeninginri@yahoo.com or call 401-248-5448 To register please go to: www.awakeningthedreamer.org and select “find an event near you”. A brief video video trailler: For a sneak preview visit www.pachamama.org and see our mission .