“Love is a living, breathing thing. There is no need to force it to grow in a particular direction. If we start by being easy and gentle with ourselves, we will find it is just there inside of us, solid and healing.”
“The first element of true love is loving kindness. The essence of loving kindness is being able to offer happiness. You can be the sunshine for another person. You can’t offer happiness until you have it for yourself. So build a home inside by accepting yourself and learning to love and heal yourself. Learn how to practice mindfulness in such a way that you can create moments of happiness and joy for your own nourishment. Then you have something to offer the other person.”
I hope you are all well and enjoying this peaceful evening, creating moments of happiness and joy for your own nourishment and loving yourself and each other.
We will have a chance to deepen that practice tomorrow evening at 6 pm when we gather at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. Wakefield.
We will enjoy a sitting meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you wil be able to be with us.
Please remember that there will be a Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA on March 2 -Registration forms are available at joannefriday.com/calendar There will be a Transmission of the Five Trainings at that time. If you or anyone you know would like to receive the Transmission, please get the application at joannefriday.com/calendar and return it to me tomorrow evening. Thank you,thank you.
Also please save the dates May 15-19 so that you can be with us at the Aldersgate Retreat. The registration is now open for the retreat focusing on Collective Awakening: Cultivating the Beloved Community You can find the registration forms at joannefriday.com/calendar
There are scholarships available so please don't let money be a factor in your decision to attend. It is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our practice together .
Here is a lovely Dharma talk by one of the most senior nuns in our Order...enjoy!
Rains Retreat Dharma Talk by Sr. Tue Nghiem on Openness, Non-Attachment to Views, and Freedom of Thought (MT 1-3):
May all beings be free.
with much love and gratitude for all of you,