Sangha Update - November 3

blooming lotus in soft light

May all beings be safe and at peace and may we all recognize our state of interbeing and be there for each other and help each other.

Dear Friends,

I hope that you all weathered the storm well. I am sorry for the delay in this update, but we were disconnected due to the storm.

We can never thank all of you enough. We were able to move back home Thursday evening . . . Now have heat, light, phones and computers . . . (If you are still out and need shower, warmth, etc. . . . let us know!) We feel so blessed to have you for friends and for all of your love, prayers and support. We are also feeling very blessed to have a practice that makes stopping a true refuge. It all seems to be working. We weathered a number of different types of storms, and I seem to be healing . . . though my energy is still very low. We have been practicing profound stopping, calming, resting and healing and sending our prayers to all of those for whom this experience has been so painful. May all beings be safe and at peace, and may we all recognize our state of interbeing and be there for each other and help each other. Thank you again for helping us.

There will be a Sangha gathering tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads Complex on North Road in Peace Dale, RI at 6 PM. This will be a wonderful opportunity to come together to support each other and send our collective energy to those who have suffered so much. I hope you will be able to be with us. Clare will be facilitating the gathering and she sends this . . .

Dear friends,

This Sunday, November 4th, we will host the first Sunday of the month sangha at the UUCSC location at Lily Pads in Peace Dale. We will be studying the fifth of the five mindfulness training which reads:

Nourishment and Healing

"Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking and consuming. I will practice looking deeply into how I consume the Four Kinds of Nutriment, namely edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. I am determined not to gamble, or to use alcohol, drugs, or any other products which contain toxins, such as certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books, and conversations. I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing and nourishing elements in me and around me, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past nor letting anxieties, fear, or craving pull me out of the present moment. I am determine not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth."

Please contemplate on this training and bring to sangha conditions that have supported you to follow this practice.

PRAYER REQUESTS

• Of course, we are holding all those affected by the storm in our hearts and prayers.

If any of you need any form of help, please respond to this email . . . and we will post the needs.

If any of you are able to help, this link will connect you to Serve Rhode Island where they are coordinating volunteers.

http://www.serverhodeisland.org/VolunteerServices/WelcomeNewVolunteers/tabid/274/Default.

• Please continue to hold Clare's father who is gravely ill and her whole family in your prayers and meditations. You can send love to clare2sartori@gmail.com.

• Our dear Sangha sister, Ann Galkowski, sent us an announcement of the tragic passing of her friend Sarah Wood on October 19. She leaves two beautiful children: Alex, 14, a girl, and Henry, 9, a boy. Please hold all of them and Ann in your prayers and in your hearts. You can send love to Amski1965@yahoo.com.

I hope that our paths will connect soon . . . and in the meantime, we can all be grateful for being able to experience this brand new day.

with much love, deepest gratitude and many hugs, Joanne