5-12-18 Sangha Update - change of venue

 Happy Mother's Day!

“But kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.” Barbara Kingsolver

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? Milton Berle

“Behind all your stories is always your mother's story. Because hers is where yours begin.” Mitch Albom

Dear Friends, I hope you are all well and happy and celebrating mothers...if you are one, have one or know some that are wonderful. I am feeling gratitude for mothers everywhere - for stepping into that unknown and awesome responsibility and doing their best....and to my own mother for giving me life and the opportunity to experience all of the wonders of life. So, a deep bow to all of you mothers out there!

This is a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at our home. The Wests have been kind enought to trade weeks with us - so the gathering will be at their home next Sunday. But tomorrow we will be at 725 Matunuck School House Rd at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope that you will be able to be with us.

Many of us have found that our practice has been a huge help in healing our relationships with our parents. For those of you who are new to our practice, you might like to read Thich Nhat Hanh's book "Reconciliation". It is a wonderful resource for practices for conflict resolution and healing the past in the present moment.

A beautiful conversation and teaching between Brother David Steindl Rast and Thich Nhat Hanh...just cut and paste this title in youtube... Teachings on Mindfulness & Gratefulness ♡ Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh & Brother David Steindl-Rast

If you are interested in communicating directly with others in the Sangha you can subscribe to be part of the google group. It is overseen by Cindy..you can contact her at westnest5@ verizon.net

I am also including my annual mailing of the history of Mother's Day. It began as a Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe as a call to mothers to resist wars. I find it a beautiful reminder and, sadly, it's every bit as relevant now as in 1870. We still need to realize her vision.

I hope you have a wonderful day and find many causes and conditions for which to be grateful.

with much love and a bow of gratitude for you, Joanne

Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe*, 1870

The First Mother's Day proclaimed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe was a passionate demand for disarmament and peace.

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have taught them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated earth, a voice goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail & commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesars but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

Biography of Julia Ward Howe US feminist, reformer, and writer Julia Ward Howe was born May 27, 1819 in New York City. She married Samuel Gridley Howe of Boston, a physician and social reformer. After the Civil War, she campaigned for women rights, anti-slavery, equality, and for world peace. She published several volumes of poetry, travel books, and a play. She became the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1908. She was an ardent antislavery activist who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1862, sung to the tune of John Brown's Body. She wrote a biography in 1883 of Margaret Fuller, who was a prominent literary figure and a member of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalists. She died in 1910.