5-31-14 Sangha Update

Remembering Maya Angelou...
a remarkable life, well lived. ...
She was the embodiment of transforming unthinkable suffering into joy and wisdom.
“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”
“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying this glorious day and being inspired by courageous and wise people. We have access to so many beautiful teachers and teachings. We are very lucky!
We will have an opportunity to expand our capacity for joy and wisdom tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Church on North Road in Peace Dale at the Lily Pads complex at 6 PM. Cindy West will be facilitating and Phyllis will offer a synopsis of the next chapter in "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" on the Two Truths. We will enjoy sitting meditation, reciting the Mindfulness Tranings and being joyfully together. I hope you will be able to be with us.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE CAPE RETREAT!
September 11-14, 2014 Cape Sangha Retreat Craigville, MA
“Sitting in an Autumn Breeze” hosted by the Cape Sangha... This is a lovely annual retreat held right near the ocean in Cape Cod. It usually fills up rather  quickly, so if youwould like to join us please go to
http://joannefriday.com/calendar/ where you will find information and registration forms.
Also, the Radiant Bell Sangha is sponsoring a Day of Mindfulness at the New Dawn Earth Center,75 Wrentham Rd. Cumberland, RI on June 28th from 12 to 4pm. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, I will give a short talk and we will be walking the Labyrinth. The focus for the day will be Loving the Earth. The New Dawn Earth Center is an ecological education center run by the Sisters of Mercy. Please bring a brown bag lunch. There are picnic tables and rest rooms as well as lovely meditative walking trails through the woods. The Sisters of Mercy who sponsor the center on their motherhouse grounds are welcoming us free of charge so, if you are able,  there will be an opportunity to make a donation to help them in this work. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. If it rains we will have to try another time maybe at the end of summer or early fall. It will be wonderful to have the opportunity for our Mindfulness Community to be together in this lovely setting.
Also, please remember that Clare is looking for helpers for the annual potluck for the students of the summer Institute for Peace and Nonviolence at URI.
This from Clare….
URI’s Center for Nonviolence Summer Institute will have its community meal on June 9 at 6PM. The Clear Heart sangha has been a contributor to this important annual gathering that is resonant with our practice.  People are welcome to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to the meal (entrees, green salad and drinks will be provided). This institute includes students from many different countries and it is a gift to support their training in nonviolence and peace studies and to learn about various projects locally and worldwide. Please call Clare at 401-741-6846 if you are able to attend. We are also seeking people to help with set-up beforehand or clean up afterwards. Jennifer Cawley will have some of her artwork displayed at the time of the Institute as well.”
Please help if  you can.
I hope that you will be able to be with us for all of the above...and until then, I hope you will be taking very good care of yourself and enjoying every moment.
with much love and the joy of being winked at by an eyelash moon for you,
Joanne
PS. another truly inspiring being....

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