Happy Candlemas and Happy Lunar New Year!
There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
“How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
I hope you are well and that your light is burning brightly on this chilly evening.
This is just a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County on North Road in Peace Dale. We will enjoy a sitting meditation and Clare will facilitate a sharing about the Fourth of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings (see below) on the Awareness of Suffering. This gets to the heart of our practice. I do hope you will be able to be with us.
Some of you have asked about my teaching schedule for the upcoming months....I hope you can join us for some of them.
Saturday, March 2 A Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA. We will be offering a Transmission Ceremony for the Five Mindfulness Trainings. You can get the info and the registration forms are available at joannefriday.com If you know anyone who would like to receive the Transmission, the application to receive the Trainings is also available there.
April 12-16 Springwater, NY - Friday evening to Tuesday, early afternoon. Registration not yet open...Save the Date.
May 4 - Day of Mindfulness - First Light Sangha, Orleans, Cape Cod, MA
May 15-19 Aldersgate Retreat, Scituate, RI Registration is not yet open...Save the Date
NOTICE: The Berkshire Mountain Laurel Sangha decided not to offer a retreat at the Won Dharma Center this year...so I hope those of you that usually attend can join us at another retreat.
Remember the Plum Village App!!!
Plum Village has created a wonderful app...with talks, songs and a mindfulness bell on a timer..You can get it wherever you get your apps!
If you would like to join the Sangha google group...please contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a smile to lighten your day
Here is a young man who can lighten your heart! Enjoy!
I hope that our paths connect in the near future, until then, shine your light or reflect others.
with lots of love and light,
The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Awareness of Suffering
Aware that looking deeply at the nature of our suffering can help us develop understanding and compassion, we are determined to come home to ourselves, to recognize, accept, embrace and listen to our own suffering with the energy of mindfulness. We will do our best not to run away from our suffering or cover it up through consumption but practice conscious breathing and walking to look deeply into the roots of our suffering. We know we can only find the path leading to the transformation of suffering when we understand the roots of suffering. Once we have understood our own suffering, we will be able to understand the suffering of others. We are committed to finding ways, including personal contact and using telephone, electronic, audiovisual, and other means, to be with those who suffer, so we can help them transform their suffering into compassion, peace, and joy.
I have included the chant we offer when lighting candles...