2-25-17 Sangha Update

Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the infinite peace to you
gaelic blessing
Eagle Poem To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can't see, can't hear Can't know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other Circles of motion. Like eagle that Sunday morning Over the Salt River. Circled in blue sky In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings. We see you, see ourselves and know That we must take the utmost care And kindness in all things. Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, and breathe, knowing We are truly blessed because we Were born, and die soon, within a True circle of motion, Like eagle  rounding out the morning Inside us. We pray that it will be done In beauty. In beauty.
By Joy Harho
thanks to Sue Morgan
Dear Friends,
I hope this finds you well and happy, enjoying this spring-like day. 
Thank you for all of your birthday wishes, last Sunday and since. Synchronicity - yesterday, to celebrate,  we went down the Connecticut River watching eagles...We saw 37 of them! It was glorious. We got home to find that Sue Morgan, who was a pillar of our Sangha while she and Roger lived in RI,(now they practice with us from CA) had sent me a birthday poem....Eagle Poem!  -(above) How perfect is that? I love this universe and being surrounded by such a beautiful community is a true blessing! 
This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering  at 6 PM Sunday at the home of the Van Horns. (directions below)  There will be sitting meditation/ walking/ sitting and a sharing of the Dharma.  I hope you will be able to attend
It would also be lovely if you could join us for a Day of Mindfulness on March 25 in Franklin, MA.

True Refuge and Stability in Turbulent Times Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:30 AM ~ 4:30 PM First Universalist Society of Franklin, 262 Chestnut St. Franklin, MA Information:Karen Grant  grant44@verizon.net 508.954.3574  

The registration is available at joannefriday.con/calendar
The Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness is happy to announce that registration is open for the sixth annual Camp Aldersgate retreat. 

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Interbeing in Action: Being Peace in a Turbulent World

A five-day mindfulness retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn with Dharma teacher Joanne Friday
May 20-24, 2016
Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, Rhode Island
more information and registration is available at joannefriday.com/calendar
If you would like to be a part of our Clear Heart Sangha googlegroup, to communicate with each other and/or receive updates about opportunities for Engagedi Practice,   please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net.
For those of you who have been sitting with us on the third Sundays know that I have been focusing on our practices for being mindful of our minds so that we do not develop a "them and us" view. This is a video that beautifully illustrates our true nature of interbeing....a wonderful reminder at this time of so much divisiveness in our country. Enjoy!
with much love, gratitude and many hugs for you,

Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home Address: 24 Mallory Lane Wakefield, RI 02879 Phone: 401-871-1838 From the North: Take US 1-S to RI-138 Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right. Take the next left onto Rodman Street. (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign. Mallory Lane will be on your left. Our house is the second on the left. See below for parking.

From the South/West: Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.) Turn left onto Pond St. Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main. Turn right onto Main. Drive a short distance. Turn left onto High St. Drive past town hall. In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen. At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman. Continue past one stop sign. Mallory Lane is on the right. Our house is the second on the left.

Parking: Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street. 3-4 cars will fit in our driveway. If there is no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr. Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr. Thank you!!!

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

― Lauren DeStefanoWither