stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on the brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;
from St. Francis and the Sow
I hope this finds all of you well and happy and flowering beautifully from within, of self-blessing.
I wanted to thank all of you who attended our gathering today at the Bell Street Chapel. It was so wonderful to see so many who have experienced the fruits of our practice and want to share it with others. It was also wonderful to learn so much from all of you. We shared our ideas and what we have learned from our experiences with facilitation. We will be working together to bring what was shared into a document that will be shared with the whole Sangha, and hopefully be of help to those who would like some support. A deep bow of gratitude for all of you who were so generous with your time and ideas. The Sangha wisdom is a wonderful thing!
This is a reminder that there will be a gathering tomorrow evening at Sts. Matthew and Mark Church in West Barrington. We will enjoy sitting meditation / walking meditation, I will give a short talk about the ways the Buddha has offered us to nourish ourselves no matter how difficult our situation - to reteach ourselves our loveliness! Then we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
I want to thank all of you for your prayers while I have been going through a very challenging time these last 6 weeks with my father. All of your love has been deeply appreciated.
There are many wonderful retreats being offered by the Brothers and Sisters at Blue Cliff Monastery. Please go tobluecliffmonastery.org to learn about them.
Please save Saturday, Sept. 27! It's the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic!
The Mind Tamers are once again organizing a picnic for the entire Community of Mindfulness. Thank you Mind Tamers! It will take place on Saturday, September 27th at shelter #3 in the beautiful Colt State Park. We will share a vegetarian potluck picnic and ask everyone to contribute games, stories, songs, poems, etc. It is always a lot of fun. I hope you all will be able to be with us. (I will pass on more info as I receive it)
I am looking forward to being with you tomorrow and in the meantime, I hope you will be blooming beautifully.
with much love and the wisdom and energy of a flower bud for you,