The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
Henry Van Dyke (1852–1933)
Behold, my friends, the spring is come;
the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun,
and we shall soon see the results of their love!
In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
I hope you are all well and enjoying the coming on of springtime! Today did it for me! The snowdrops and crocuses are blooming and the time is springing ahead tonight! (Remember to change your clocks!) All wonderful signs of Spring! (can you tell I have been housebound?)
I know at our last meeting we talked about how Cindy had offered to host our 2nd Sunday of the month meeting at her home. I am sorry to say that she returned from her vacation with a respiratory infection (send her good thoughts!)...so there will be no meeting tomorrow evening and we shall begin meeting at her home the second Sunday in April instead. I hope that you will all be able to take part. I will be sending more information and directions closer to that time.
In the meantime, please remember that the third Saturday of the month, March 16th will be an OI/Aspirant gathering at the Bell St, Chapel in Providence at 9:45 AM.This meeting is open to Order members, Aspirants and anyone interested in learning more about our practice. We will have a recitation of the Fourteen Trainings, and share our understanding of the practice, our experience with the Winter Retreat Teachings and we will discuss the next Sutra to be studied. I hope you will be able to come. The Radiant Bell Sangha meets from 8-9:30 and you are welcome to sit with them before our meeting if you like.
Next Sunday, March 17, the meeting will be at our home at 6 PM. We can celebrate the Irish (and everyone else!) I hope you will be able to be with us.