Happy Thanksgiving! I am feeling very grateful for sharing this beautiful path with you in this lifetime.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Seneca
I hope this finds you well and happy and counting your blessings.
This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering at the home of the Van Horn's on Sunday at 6 PM. (directions below) there will be sitting and walking and sharing the Dharma.
In the meantime, you might like to enjoy some Dharma talks from this Fall's monastic tour ...here are two...if you click the links you will also see that there are several others on youtube. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljdsTSneYuY Sr. Dang Nghiem from Blue Cliff Monastery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikWHkteVz94 Sister The from Magnolia grove
Also...if you or any of your friends have still not seen the film "Walk With Me" the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport has been so happy with the response to their first two showings that they plan a third showing on December 18. It will be a lovely respite in the midst of the holiday season....so if you know anyone who is interested, please get tickets at the website... http://janepickens.com
and to water even more seeds of joy....
May your holiday find you counting your blessings and being able to love each other like these brothers do!
I look forward to connecting soon.
with much love and boundless gratitude for interbeing with you, Joanne
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!!!