Just a reminder.....
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet. You must depend upon affection, reading, knowledge, skill—more of each than you have—inspiration work, growing older, patience, for patience joins time to eternity…
Breathe with unconditional breath the unconditioned air. Shun electric wire. Communicate slowly. Live a three-dimensional life; stay away from screens. Stay away from anything that obscures the place it is in. There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.
Accept what comes from silence. Make the best you can of it. Of the little words that come out of the silence, like prayers prayed back to the one who prays, make a poem that does not disturb the silence from which it came.” ― Wendell Berry, Given
I hope you are all well, happy, maintaining your equanimity and enjoying every breath. We also want to wish our Jewish friends a Happy New Year...L'Shana Tova! The Jewish New Year Celebration of Rosh Hashanah will begin on Monday. It is a time to pray and repent. All debts from the past year are supposed to be settled before Rosh Hashanah and many seek forgiveness from friends and family prior to this event. Some perform the tashlikh. They may recite prayers and cast bread crumbs in a stream or river, symbolically throwing one’s sins away. May we all make amends and begin anew!
This is a reminder that we will be gathering at our home (725 Matunuck School House Rd ) tomorrow evening at 6:00. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will all be able to be with us.
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.
I have also included the ways you can access help through our Caring Committee.
At our last meeting we talked about Beginning Anew and letting go of resentments. Here is a truly inspiring story of a woman's transformation and literal change of heart. Facing impermanence, particularly our own, has a way of helping us get clarity! As the Dalai Lama says, "Everyone suffers, how can we be anything but kind?"
And in these increasingly challenging times in which we live, we can choose to be incpired by these young people who are respnding to a major trauma by being in love....and doing everything they can to set up safeguards to see to it that what happened to them won't happen to anyone else. Autumn is coming, let's make this a season of love! Enjoy!
I hope you are able to be with us tomorrow...until then, enjoy this evening which has the fragrance and feeling of autumn.
with much love and the freedom of forgiveness 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.