“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.
Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.
It is man-made and it can be overcome
and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great.
YOU can be that great generation.
Let your greatness blossom.”
I hope this finds you all letting your greatness blossom! As we mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, it is very, very easy to celebrate his extraordinary life. We are so fortunate to interbe with such great beings!
This is a reminder that there will be a gathering of the Mind Tamers this coming Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM at St. Matthew and Mark Church in West Barrington.
There will be sitting/walking/sitting meditation followed by a short talk and sharing the Dharma. The meeting will be facilitated by Jess. I hope to be able to be there, but my schedule is not clear. I will definitely be with you in spirit and hope that you have a wonderful deepening together.
Next week there will be a gathering of the Generations Sangha on Saturday the 14th of December from 10-11:30 at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Avenue in East Greenwich. If you have children, grandchildren, know folks who do, or just enjoy being with children and supporting the sharing of the practice of mindfulness with children…please come and bring your friends!
Speaking of sharing mindfulness with children….there is an excellent movie at the Cable Car Cinema called "Room to Breathe". It is being shown this Sunday at 4 PM as a benefit for the Bainbridge Preschool which Eric and Betsy's twins attend. The movie is a very moving and honest account of how mindfulness helped students at an intercity school in San Francisco. It will be followed by a panel sharing. Eric and I will be part of that panel. I hope if you are in the area you will join us! Ticket info below….
There will be an Order member and Aspirant gathering at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence at 10 AM on Saturday, December 21. As always this meeting is open to everyone who is interested in learning more about our practice and our Order. The Radiant Bell Sangha meets before this gathering from 8-9:45. All are invited to attend that also, if you wish.
And finally, for your pure delight….a 109 year old holocaust survivor shares her wonderful wisdom and spirit..a very deep teaching on how where we choose to place our minds determines our experience…a true inspiration!….
with much love and the lullaby of raindrops singing on the roof for you,
CABLE CAR SHOWING OF "ROOM TO BREATHE"
to order tickets, go to…..
in the upper left there is a place to scroll for the date…once you put in the date, you will have the opportunity to get tickets.
Room To Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Topping the district in disciplinary suspensions, and with overcrowded classrooms creating a nearly impossible learning environment, overwhelmed administrators are left with stark choices: repeating the cycle of trying to force tuned-out children to listen, or to experiment with timeless inner practices that may provide them with the social, emotional, and attentional skills that they need to succeed.
The first question is whether it’s already too late. Confronted by defiance, contempt for authority figures, poor discipline, and more interest in “social” than learning, can a young mindfulness teacher from Berkeley succeed in opening their minds and hearts?
• Eric Loucks, assistant professor, Brown University School of Public Health; mindfulness practice teacher
• Betsy Stubblefield Loucks, professional facilitator and Bainbridge parent (Moderator)