Gifts of the Cosmos!
“In life, we plant seeds everywhere we go. Some fall on fertile ground needing very little to grow. Some fall on rocky soil requiring a tad bit more loving care. While others fall in seemingly barren land and no matter what you do; it appears the seed is dead.
Nevertheless, every seed planted will have a ripple effect. You could see it in the present or a time not seen yet. So be wise about where you plant your seeds. Be very mindful of your actions & deeds. Negativity grows just as fast if not faster than positivity. Plant seeds of kindness, love and peace And your harvest will be abundant living.” ― Sanjo Jendayi
I hope this finds you all well and happy, enjoying this beautiful summertime and planting seeds of kindness, love and peace.
We will be strengthening those seeds in ourselves this coming Sunday at 6PM when we meet at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting/walking (in the garden, weather permitting) /sitting, I will offer a talk based on some of the teachings from the 21 day Plum Village Retreat and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Just a reminder, that if you want to be able to connect with other Sangha members for announcements, ride sharing, events, social action opportunities, etc. .. sign up for our google group. Cindy oversees it and you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, some members are compiling a directory of contact information for those of you who would like be included. Please send your name, address, email and phone number to Linda Lamont at email@example.com, who along with Adria is being kind enough to compile this for us. Please be aware that everyone who signs up for the directory will be sharing their contact info with everyone else in the directory.
Please continue to hold Laura French in your prayers...you can visit or send love in the form of a note to her at 179 fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.
I also hope the you will SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 6 when we will enjoy the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. Please bring a vegetarian dish, your family, your friends, your pets, a song, a poem, a game, an instrument....but most of all your joyful self. It is fun and a wonderful opportunity to meet folks from the other Sanghas that are part of our larger Community. I hope you will be able to join us.
There will be a second meeting of the new Sangha in Newport on Monday evening at 6:30. The original letter with all the information is below. The first meeting was very lovely. If you are interested in attending, please copy the information and keep it for future reference, or know that you can find information by going to "Sangha Updates" at joannefriday.com
and...as always ...we need to water lots of seeds of joy....here is a beautiful illustration of mindfulness and concentration....balancing stones...enjoy!
with much love and lots of water for your wholesome seeds, Joanne
PEACEFUL WATERS SANGHA Starting in Newport - INFORMATION Dear Friends,
We are contacting you as you expressed interest in a Sangha (meditation group) in Newport. We may have received your contact information at the screening of the film, "Walk With Me" in Newport last fall or you may have spoken with one of us individually.
We are happy to let you know that the first meeting of the Peaceful Waters Sangha will be held on Monday, July 9th from 6:30-8:30pmat St Paul's Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St. in Newport, RI. Our current schedule is to meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays.
We practice in the tradition of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. We will have sitting and walking meditation, a book study and time for Dharma sharing. Once a month, we will read The Five Mindfulness Trainings. If Joanne Friday, our Dharma teacher, is able to join us, she will give a talk.
If you are interested in helping us, please respond to this e-mail. We may need assistance in greeting, setting up and breaking down the room. There will be many opportunities to participate in and co-create the Peaceful Waters Sangha.
As for logistics: Please use the side door on the right when looking at the front of the church. There are 2 parking lots accessible from Marlborough St. and all spaces are available unless they have a cone in them, or are marked 24/7. If they have a name on them it's ok to park there UNLESS there is a cone or 24/7. There is also a back lot accessible from Charles St. on the side. Look for the signs that say Peaceful Waters Sangha. Upon entering the building from the side door on the right from the front of the building, you will go straight down the hallway through the kitchen, take a left and the door is immediately on the right. It is easy to find.
We hope you are all well and enjoying the summer! We look forward to practicing with you.
With a deep bow of gratitude and appreciation for your interest in this endeavor,
Ann Galkowski and Margaret M. Small Peaceful Waters Sangha Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness