"Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love." Thich Nhat Hanh
“It is true that we are called to create a better world. But we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives.” - Thomas Merton
"The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them” ― Thomas Merton - "No Man Is and Island"
"You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free." Thich Nhat Hanh
I hope you are well and enjoying this beautiful coming on of spring.
I wanted to thank all of you who were able to be with us for the Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA last Saturday. It was beautiful to be with so many sweet beings and in the energy of so much love. By the quotes above, you can see that I was inspired! (You can also see why Thomas Merton and Thay were such good friends!)
There will be an opportunity to continue practicing together tomorrow evening at 6 PM at the home of Cindy and John West. Directions are below. Cindy will facilitate and the sharing will focus on "The Mindfulness Survival Kit" by Thich Nhat Hanh. I hope you will be able to attend.
The gathering next Sunday at 6 will be at our home.
Please remember to sign up for the Aldersgate Retreat if you would like to join us. All the info and registration forms are at joannefriday.com/calendar . It is a lovely retreat. A time to stop, calm, rest and heal and deepen our practice together. Please be aware that there are some funds available for scholarships...
The Boston Old Path Sangha is sponsoring a retreat with Anh Huong and Thu Nguyen at Prindle Pond in Massachusetts. Here is a note from them....
Dear Sangha, dear friends, It brings us great joy to let you know that registration for the retreat with Dharma Teachers Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen is open. To register, please go to http://bostonoldpath.org. Prindle Pond is situated on 500 wooded acres with numerous trails for walking meditation and quiet contemplation in the gentle embrace of nature. Located in Charlton, MA, it is easily accessible from the MA pike and I-84. A video clip of the 2015 retreat, made by their talented and loving son, Bao Tich, is available in the registration materials. Would you kindly let your sangha know about this opportunity? With gratitude for the causes and conditions that make this retreat possible, and my smile, and my smile, Janey Gilman True Blue Water for the Retreat Planning Team
And yet another opportunity near Rochester, NY...if you have any friends out that way.....again...info at joannefriday.com/calendar
Untying the Knots that Bind: Emptiness, Oneness, Freedom Retreat with Joanne Friday April 15-‐19, 2016, Sponsored by Blooming Lilac Sangha Location: Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreats Springwater, NY I hope you will be able to be with us for one of the above...and.....in the meantime, we have heard the woodcocks doing their mating dance and the peepers peeping this past week. Spring is springing, the birds are singing.....What a wonderful world!
with much love and the joy of the whole world beginning anew for you, Joanne
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)!