As the sun sets in the West, May all beings be peace!
There is only one time that is important--Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary person is the one with whom you are, for no one knows whether he will ever have dealings with any one else: and the most important thing to do is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!"
Leo Tolstoy - The Three Questions
“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing" it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” ― Fulton J. Sheen
The Path of Peace Sangha invites you to …. Enjoy a Day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday
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
You can get the registration forms at joannefriday.com/calendar
I'd like to invite you to join me in writing love letters this weekend.
For me, writing love letters is a practice of cultivating love and peace instead of fear, anger, or blame. It can be a powerful way to show compassion, understanding, and a vision for harmony and peace in the world. And it feels good. :-) We can write to our elected officials, to journalists, to friends/family/neighbors, etc.
Here in Santa Cruz, a group of us will be writing love letters on Saturday, Feb. 4. Maybe you'd like to join us wherever you are. Below are resources to support you.
May our letters be seeds of love and understanding, planted gently in the hearts of everyone who reads them.
Thich Nhat Hanh's message on writing love letters:
“In the peace movement there is a lot of anger, frustration, and misunderstanding. The peace movement can write very good protest letters, but they are not yet able to write a love letter. We need to learn to write a letter to the congress or to the President of the United States that they will want to read, and not just throw away. The way you speak, the kind of understanding, the kind of language you use would not turn people off. The President is a person like any of us.
Can the peace movement talk in loving speech, showing the way for peace? I think that will depend on whether the people in the peace movement can be peace. Because without being peace, we cannot do anything for peace. If we cannot smile, we cannot help other people to smile. If we are not peaceful, then we cannot contribute to the peace movement.
I hope we can bring a new dimension to the peace movement. The peace movement is filled with anger and hatred. It cannot fulfill the path we expect from them. A fresh way of being peace, of doing peace is needed. That is why it is so important for us to practice meditation, to acquire the capacity to look, to see, and to understand. It would be wonderful if we could bring to the peace movement our contribution, our way of looking at things, that will diminish aggression and hatred. Peace work means, first of all, being peace. Meditation is meditation for all of us. We rely on each other. Our children are relying on us in order for them to have a future.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace (pp. 79-80)
Possible steps for writing a love letter (but please do what feels right for you) ...
1. Meditate for 20-30 minutes. Bring to mind what you want to write about, what moves you to write this letter. Bring to mind the person you're writing to, what you love about them, what you're grateful for, what moves your compassion for them.
2. Allow 30 minutes to write a love letter, sharing from the heart.
3. Ask a trusted friend to read the letter and reflect on it with you.
4. Wait a day or two. Re-read the letter. Revise if you see ways to make your love and compassion more clear.
5. Send your letter :-)
Examples of love letters:
Love letter to President Hollande by Sister Mai Nghiem
A Love Letter to the 1% by Brother Phap Ho
Love Letter to America by Natascha Bruckner