2-7-15 Sangha Update

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Life is Bursting with Miracles!

“Around us, life bursts with miracles--a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life's daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and are seeing miracles everywhere!

Cindy is kind enough to host our sangha gathering this coming Sunday evening at 6 PM at her home. (directions below). There will be sitting/walking/sitting meditation and the focus of the Dharma sharing will be Thich Nhat Hanh's book, Reconciliation. I hope you will be able to come.We are hearing rumblings of another storm from Sunday into Monday. I talked with Cindy about snow plans...she said that she will be there and anyone who feels that it will be safe for them to come are welcome.

Thank you, Cindy for also creating a list serve for the Sangha ...This is a great way for sangha members to communicate directly with each other ...if you would like to be a part of it, please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net

Our friends from the Path of Peace Sangha in Franklin, MA are offering another Day of Mindfulness on March 7 on the topic of fear and cultivating fearlessness. Fear is at the root of most of our suffering...so it is truly beneficial to develop practices to help to transform it.  I have included the information and registration information below. I hope you will be able to be with us.

REGISTRATION FOR THE ALDERSGATE RETREAT!!!!

Please remember that the registration for the Aldersgate Retreat is now open.Below, I am including the invitation from the planning team (who have been doing a wonderful job!) The info and registration forms are also available at joannefriday.com

So, once again, we have lots of opportunities to practice...I hope you will be able to be with us for some of these...in the meantime, for your pure pleasure... a delightful demonstration of stone balancing, like we witness in Narragansett every summer....

Gravity Glue! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vswc7xB0V6c

and from Barbara.... GRATEFUL: A Love Song to the World: http://youtu.be/sO2o98Zpzg8

Enjoy!

with much love, many hugs and the joy of experiencing all of the miracles for you,

Joanne

Invitation to Register for the Aldersgate Retreat

Dear friends, The Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness is happy to announce that registration is open for the fifth annual Camp Aldersgate retreat:

Letting Go with Grace: Stopping, Breathing, and Looking Deeply A five-day mindfulness retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn with Dharma teacher Joanne Friday May 15-19, 2015 Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, Rhode Island Registration form downloadable here.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of the $25 early registration discount, which ends March 15.  Last year the retreat filled quickly and there was a waiting list, so do not hesitate to register as soon as you can. The registration form and flyer above (and attached) provides details about the retreat as well as a contact for more information. The flyer can also be found on JoanneFriday.com.We hope you can join us this year! Peace and metta, The retreat planning team(Jessica Albernaz, Jim Chapin , Stephen Conlon, Ellen Dessloch, Joanne Friday, Susan Glogovac, Gary Kendig, Karina Lutz, Mary Beth Meehan, Ann Moore, Kristen Morelli, Linda Pietras, Philip Smith, Liz Smylie, Wendy Warburton) ________________________________________________________________

DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME

We live about 2 miles from URI.  From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd.  (across the street from  big sign ““Kingston Hill Store  Books  Used and Rare””.  Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light).  Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T.  You will see our corner property from there.  Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr.  We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest).  Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!

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DAY OF MINDFULNESS REGISTRATION

FEAR

Cultivating Fearlessness Practical Wisdom for Facing Life’s Challenges

Saturday, March 7, 2015

9:30 AM ~ 4:30

First Universalist Society of Franklin 262 Chestnut St. Franklin, MA

Suggested fee of $20 (teacher Dana not included) No one turned away for inability to pay

Bring Brown Bag Lunch ~ drinks /snack provided Information: Susan Emmer Schmidt (781) 985-4911

REGISTRATION: By February 28th, 2015 with checks payable to Path of Peace Sangha Mail your registration to: Susan Emmer Schmidt, 7 1/2 King Philip Trail, Norfolk, MA 02056.

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