7-7-18 Sangha Update - change of venue

What is so sweet as a Summer Sunset at the Seashore....ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore

“If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.” ― G.K. Chesterton

“Sunset on the water ought to be a quiet and easy time, but I guess some people can't stand a little silence.” ― Carl Hiaasen

“Don't forget:beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.” ― Paulo Coelho

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying this beautiful day and the wonderful light shows provided by the miraculous turnings of this planet.

I am writing to let you know that Cindy was kind enough to change Sundays with us.... as we will be unable to host the third Sunday. So tomorrow we will gather at our home which is at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting/walking (outdoors weather permitting)/ sitting meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma.. I hope you will be able to join us. It is wonderful to be able to sit in silence and be together in these topsy-turvy times.

Just a reminder, that if you want to be able to connect with other Sangha members directly.. sign up for our google group. Cindy oversees it and you can reach her at westnest5@verizon.net


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.

Please also hold the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand in your prayers so that they might be safely reunited with their families.

I would also ask for continued prayers as I begin another round of chemo at a stronger dose.

Engaged Practice

Please continue to hold all of the children that our government has separated from their families along with their parents in your prayers and in your hearts. The Governor of Washington said that the governors were told on a conference call yesterday that the government now says that reuniting them could be with parents, family members or an American foster family. This shows a stunning lack of awareness of the bond that exists between a parent and child. You might also like to contact our friends in Washington to let them know your views on this. All of them have contact information at usa.gov/elected-officials.


Remember there is a new Sangha starting up n Newport on Monday evening at 6:30. All the information is below. This will be a wonderful thing for Aquidneck Island!

WISDOM, SKILLFUL MEANS AND DELIGHT To water our seeds of joy!

https://www.facebook.com/WellRoundedLifebyattn/ or just google....How Mr. Rogers found subtle ways to fight racism.

To be inspired...you might like to listen to Mr. Rogers 2002 Commencement Speech at Dartmouth College. You can find an edited version on my Facebook Page...or simply google the title emboldened above for the entire speech. enjoy!

I hope that we get to practice together very soon and in the meantime, I hope that you are remembering to stop and breathe, to get some clarity and do what you can to help, and, of course water lots of seeds of joy to expand your capacity to be with what is!

with much love and the deep peace of knowing that the world is always turning toward the morning, 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