3-18-17 Sangha Update

Spring is coming! 
The bud
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;  
BY GALWAY KINNELL - St Francis and the Sow
“Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul 
And sings the tune without the words 
And never stops at all.” 
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. 
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well, blooming beautifully from within and being peace in the midst of the storms.
There will be a gathering of the Sangha tomorrow evening at 6 PM at our home at 725 Matunuck Schooll House Rd. in Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting meditation, I will offer a talk about taking refuge and we will share the Dharma. 
I hope that you will be able to be with us. 
We have lots of opportunities for practice coming up. 
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
Download the registration form: joannefriday.com/calendar
Registration is open for the Aldersgate Retreat which will be held fromMay 19-23 . This is a lovely opportunity to deepen our practice together in a beautiful setting. I hope you will be able to join us...  Registration forms and info are available at joannefriday.com/calendar. Also, there are scholarships available, so please do not let that be a hindrance.
I know that I have heard from many who are concerned about things that are happening in our country.  Whatever your concerns or views...it is important to be well informed and to  share them with those who can do something to address them.  You might like to contact your  representatives and their contact info is available at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Sen. Jack Reed  (202) 224-4642
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse  (202) 224-2921
Rep. James Langevin 202-225-2735
Rep. David Ciccilini  202-225-4911
I have included some information below about some of the pending legislation that might be of some interest and about which you might like to make a call or write a love letter to your representatives.
 The 19 agencies that the administration's budget will eliminate are clearly described in this article
with all that is going on, it is critically important that we remember to breathe
And of course it is always important to water seeds of joy....
There is a wonderful new documentary film about Thay and Plum Village being premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. You can see the beautiful trailer here....
with much love and warm wishes on a snow covered morning for you,