6-17-17 Sangha Update

“I realized it for the first time in my life: there is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don't even know it.” ― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

“What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world.” ― G.K. Chesterton

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying this beautiful day. We have been at Sloan Kettering this week and I am a bit behind, so this will be brief....

This is a reminder that there will be a gathering Sunday evening at 6 at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Road in Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting meditation and walking meditation (outdoors - weather permitting) I will offer a talk about the daily practices we have for retraining our minds and the neuroscience that validates our practices. We will enjoy sharing the Dharma and each other's company. I hope you will be able to be with us.

There are lots of opportunities to practice coming up.

As I said the last time, registration for the Cape Sangha Retreat is open. It is a lovely retreat in a beautiful setting on Cape Cod. You can get the info and registration forms at joannefriday.com/calendar

Blue Cliff Monastery is offering lots of retreats this summer. A Wake Up Retreat, A Retreat with the Plum village Monastics (info below) for info about these and others....go to


The situation in our country offers us lots of opportunities to address injustice...by phone calls, love letters, etc. If you would like to be informed about these opportunities for engaged practice, you can become part of the google group overseen by Cindy West westnest5@verizon.net You can always contact your representatives and send love letters or make calls at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Now you can subscribe to the Mindfulness Bell either as a mailing or on line......


I hope we can be together tomorrow evening....until then, I am.....

sending much love , Joanne