I said: what about my eyes? God said: Keep them on the road. I said: what about my passion? God said: Keep it burning. I said: what about my heart? God said: Tell me what you hold inside it? I said: pain and sorrow? He said: . . . stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ~ Rumi
I hope you are well and happy.
I am away from my own computer . . . so this is just a brief note to remind you that we will be meeting tomorrow at St. Matthew's Church in West Barrington at 6:30 PM. Shana will be facilitating and Dania will be sharing her experience of of using the practice during difficult times and with physical challenges. I will be very happy to be with all of you again. I hope that you will be able to be with us.
I also wanted to let you know that many of us will be following the winter retreat teachings on the "Ten Gates" which are being offered online by the monastics at Deer Park Monastery. I will explain a bit more tomorrow evening. Since the time of the Buddha, the Rains Retreat . . . or what we call the Winter Retreat is a time to stop and deepen our practice . . . through study, applied practice, mindful work and service and play. Thanks to the generosity of our monastic siblings, we can all join in. The teachings consist of Dharma talks, handouts and suggestions for practice. It is a wonderful time to make a small commitment to ourselves and receive the support of the sangha in succeeding. You can access the teachings at deerparkmonastery.org . . . then click on teachings . . . then click on "Ten Gates." They have uploaded the second week . . . but start at the very beginning! Enjoy!
with much love and many hugs, Joanne