Sharing a beautiful Path makes life a joy!
“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Mark Twain
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. Mahatma Gandhi
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
I hope you are all well, free and happy.
This is a reminder that we will be gathering at our home (725 Matunuck School House Rd) tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking (in the garden, weather permitting) and sitting meditation. I will offer some of the practices that Thay has offered us for navigating challenging waters and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Clare has sent the following...as it is time to choose a new book for the sharing at the first of the month meeting......please contact her with suggestions. "The first of the month sangha is completing Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Creating True Peace. We will have a summation of the book and helpful practices at the first of the month meeting in September. Please send an email to Clare at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any thoughts of a new book for us to explore. We prefer work by a Thich Nhat Hanh."
SANGHA PICNIC I also hope that 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. Shelter #3 at noon. 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.
PRAYER REQUEST 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.
Also if you would like to have a prayer request in the update please contact Tracey Buffum at 401 633 4214 and e-mail email@example.com see below for details.
With all of the lying, cheating, etc. that we hear about...it is easy to start to think that the world is a very dark place...so....I like to remind myself of the basic goodness of human beings... I do believe goodness is far more plentiful...here is a wonderful example. This elementary school replaced detention with meditation.
and, of course, water lots of seeds of joy..wonderful mothers - what a planet! bears.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o1IIfVixdo
I hope we can be together soon, and in the meantime, let's be kind!
sending lots of love and the light of a beautiful moon for you, Joanne
GUIDELINES FOR CONNECTING WITH THE SANGHA AND GETTING HELP
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CLEAR HEART CARING COMMITTEE
Here are the ways to access the different Sangha resources.
Requests for Help: Point Person is Tracey Buffum - 401 633 4214 and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This includes requests for meal support, household or transportation requests, etc. can be sent to Tracey and she will get them to the proper person. Prayer Requests: Point Person - Tracey Buffum - 401 633 4214 and e-mail email@example.com. Please write exactly what you would like to be shared, and where friends can send notes or cards. Do you prefer email or snail mail? In either case, please include contact information you would like them to use. If you would like your prayer request to be sent out as part of the Sangha Update, please send the information to Tracey. You may also feel free to post prayer requests to the google group yourself. Hard Copy Directory - Point Person - Linda Lamont firstname.lastname@example.org If you choose to be listed in this directory, names, numbers, emails and addresses will be available to all, Google Group - Point Person - Cindy West - email@example.com group email to help stay connected to events/activities/requests for ride sharing, etc. We encourage you to post any happenings that seem pertinent to our Sangha or if you would like to offer a social event. In subject line, please mention what sort of activity it is, ie., Social action opportunity, carpooling, or social event, etc.