12-9-17 Sangha Update

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

"Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.” ― Mary Oliver

“Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity” ― Novala Takemoto, Missin'

Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying this snowy, silent evening. The first snow is always a reminder to come back to ourselves, to come home to ourselves, to stop, breathe and get clarity so we know what to do and what not to do.

One thing we can do is to gather tomorrow evening at 6PM at the home of Cindy and John West.(directions below) We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, continue to learn more about Thay's teachings from his book, "Silence" and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

SAVE THE DATE! There will be a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, January 27 at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich. We will enjoy a day of being together and begin the day with a Transmission Ceremony for the Five Mindfulness Trainings. If you are interested in receiving Transmission of the Trainings, please let me know. Registration and more information will be posted soon. I will let you know.

Engaged Practice. We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities to practice. If you are interested in the environment, health care, education, race relations, etc. there are lots of opportunities. I am feeling lots of gratitude and respect for our dear friend and Order member Marty Soule, who many of you know from being with her at the Aldersgate and Cape Retreats. She was arrested with other clergy in Maine for protesting Senator Susan Collin's vote to pass the draconian tax bill. Please hold Marty and her friends who are trying to save our country in your prayers and in your hearts. Send love and do all you can to urge those in Washington to not normalize the dualistic, vindictive actions of this administration. If you don't know what to say when you call your friends in Washington, just watch this short video of Marty and her friends and it will give you some ideas. https://www.facebook.com/marty.soule.9/posts/10214714280433085

You can find contact info for all of the legislators in Washington at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

If you would like to be able to communicate directly with other Sangha members, please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net to join the google group.

And, of course, never outstrip your capacity..water lots of seeds of joy by listening to an ode to it! Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj6r3-sQr58&t=243s

I also wanted to thank those of you who were sending me metta. I spent some time at Sloan Kettering and the tests I had done came back negative! Thank you for your love and care.

with much love and gratitude for every one of you. Joanne

DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME

We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (across the street from big sign ““Kingston Hill Store Books Used and Rare””. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr. We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!