3-15-14 Sangha Update

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!
Sitting Bull
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
Yoko Ono
“The alchemist was dazed and dumbfounded, as the true meaning of the magic was revealed: *The dead will rise from glade to glen and ancient will be young again*. The dead had, after all, risen. From dead and dry things there was growth, and new life everywhere. And the endlessly long winter had at last turned to spring.
From life to death and back again to life. It was indeed the greatest magic in the world.”
Lauren Oliver
Dear Friends,
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the coming on of springtime. Each day there are new signs...the winter aconite, crocuses and snow drops just can't wait. They push their way through the snow and reassure us that there are still some things that we can count on. What a gift!
Another gift......We will be able to be joyfully together tomorrow evening at 6 PM at our home. We will enjoy sitting meditation, I will give a short talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us....we can celebrate the coming on of springtime together.
At three PM there will be a meeting for the RI Community of Mindfulness for those of you who have expressed an interest in taking care of the Sangha. If you have not already RSVPed, please let me know if you are coming.
Prayer Request
Please continue to hold our dear friend, Laura French in your prayers and meditations as she continues to heal from the fall she took and the subsequent surgery on her wrist. You can send love to her in the form of a card at 179 Fairway, North Kingstown, RI 02852.
Please remember...along with being the Ides of March...today is the last day to register for our Aldersgate Retreat and receive the early bird discount! You can get all of the info at joannefriday.com/calendar
Retreat in Rhode IslandMay 16-20, 2014

Coming Home: Cultivating Fearlessness, Freedom, and Joy

Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, Rhode Island

Offered by the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness

Register early (by March 15) and save $25

Some of you have been inquiring about Bell Minding..
Here is a wonderful video of Sr. Dang Nghiem giving instruction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6aYE3irqFQ

and...for your pure enjoyment....
a rescued hummingbird..a love story...
A meditation on murmuration from our dear Ellen Berry...
What an amazing cosmos we are a part of! Enjoy!
with much love, many hugs and the energy of a leaf working it's way to the light for you,
Joanne