3-16-13 Spring is Springing!

Spring is springing!
Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
When you love with no conditions, you the human, and you the God, align with Spirit of Life moving through you. Your life becomes the expression of the beauty of the Spirit. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with Love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love
And so I wish for you that you would open your heart to all your blessings and let them flow through you, that everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you; just by your eyes , by your smile, by your touch just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you, and then it will really be a good day.
Brother David Steindl-Rast...
from "Gratitude" by Louis Schwartzberg
Dear Friends,
I hope you are enjoying a really good day, allowing love and gratitude to move through you and create a beautiful masterpiece!
We will be meeting this Sunday at 6PM at our home. We will have a sitting/walking/sitting meditation, I will give a short talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope that you will be able to be with us.
There are many retreats coming up. ...Lots of opportunities....
Thich Nhat Hanh will be touring North America this coming summer giving public talks, retreats and Days of Mindfulness. There are many opportunities to practice with him. You can get all the info athttp://tnhtour.org
The RI Community of Mindfulness is organizing another retreat for us at Camp Aldersgate, in N. Scituate, RI from May 17-21. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to come together to enjoy each other and deepen our practice. I hope you will be able to be with us. There is info below...and for registration info please go to http://joannefriday.com
At our last meeting Kate shared with us about a photograph she had taken after the storm. We were all eager to see it and  she was kind enough to send it to me and I have included it below. It is so beautiful! It catches perfectly the sense of wonder experienced by the children....enjoy!!!  Thank you Kate!
Our own Troy West will be giving a gallery talk at Hera Gallery next Saturday at 2. More info is below...enjoy!
An excellent article about mindful consumption and simple living in the NY Times about a young man who "had it all" and let it all go...wonderful description of the freedom that he discovered..... Enjoy!
We have so much to enjoy...I hope you will be able to be with us tomorrow evening so we can enjoy being together!
with much love and a choir of birds welcoming a bright springtime morning for you,
Radical Compassion:

When Caring for Ourselves is Caring for Others

A five-day retreat in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday
May 17-21, 2013 •  Camp Aldersgate, 1043 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857
This spring we have the opportunity to come together to heal and transform our unskillful states of mind, cultivate freedom, fearlessness and joy, and expand our capacity for understanding and compassion. We will use the teachings and practices that have been given to us from the Buddha through Thich Nhat Hanh. Joanne Friday, a Dharma teacher in the Tiep Hien Order, will lead this retreat. She received authority to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh, who has been her teacher for 20 years. Joanne says that the Dharma is the greatest gift she has ever received and her greatest joy is passing it on.
Retreat Format The retreat is residential, with periods of sitting and walking meditation and daily dharma talks by our teacher. Work meditation assignments help us practice mindfulness while being active with our hands. The purpose of the retreat is inner transformation, a process that is best supported by noble silence, which we will observe. We will break our silence occasionally for Dharma sharing and singing.
Community News.........

KAte O'Kula AFTER THE STORM P1040881-1.jpeg


Troy West
Gallery Talk: "Art for a Sustainable Future"
Saturday, March 23rd at 2:00pm
Hera Gallery invites you to join us on Saturday, March 23rd at 2:00pm for a gallery talk by Associate Member, Troy West.
Educator, architect, activist and artist Troy West will discuss the inspiration for his work and his goal for a more sustainable future.