For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:
At the first gate, ask yourself “Is is true?”
At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?”
At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?”
~ Rumi (also attributed to Socrates and the Buddha!)
bottom line, it is good advice!
Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering,
I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope.
The Fourth Mindfulness Training - Thich Nhat Hanh
I hope you are all well, that your words are as lovely as flowers and inspire self confidence, joy and hope.
I also hope, if you celebrate it, that you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day.
I also hope that you will join us tomorrow evening for a gathering at our home at 725 Matunuck School house Rd. in Wakefield at 6 PM. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, I will offer some of Thay's practices for for being peaceful in a world that isn't, and we will share the Dharma. It is always a delight to practice together, I hope you will be able to be with us.
The Aldersgate Retreat is filled...however there is a waiting list...and very often folks are unable to come at the last moment, so if you want to join us, please go to joannefriday.com and get the registration forms and information. Please know that there are scholarships available.
Here is wonderful interview with Thay Phap Dung.....a senior teacher at Plum Village...
Thich Nhat Hanh's final mindfulness lesson: how to die peacefully
In honor of Women's History Month, March 10 was the anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman, one of my all time favorite sheroes. Her courage and fearlessness and determination to help everyone be free has been a constant inspiration. In this era when many who lack integrity are getting a lot of attention ..it is wonderful to remember the highest and best in human beings. The article is below...
And a photo Richard took at the Students' Climate Rally at the State House on Friday..
it was a wonderful gathering, really inspired young people, great energy...gives us hope!!
Here is a link to pictures of hundreds of thousands of students all over the world...enjoy!!!
with much love and the joy of being a part of this great river of life for you,
Harriet Tubman died on this March 10 in 1913. Known as Moses to the more than 300 slaves she helped findfreedom, Tubman was a fighter for abolition and women’s suffrage.
Frederick Douglass often worked with her and admired her, writing, “The difference between us is very marked. Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public, and I have received much encouragement at every step of the way. You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way. I have wrought in the day—you in the night. … The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witnesses of your devotion to freedom and of your heroism.”
Saint Patrick's Day
WRITTEN BY: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica
Saint Patrick’s Day, feast day (March 17) of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts.
It was emigrants, particularly to the United States, who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants, who often wielded political power, staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades. Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762. Since 1962 Chicagohas coloured its river green to mark the holiday. (Although blue was the colour traditionally associated with St. Patrick, green is now commonly connected with the day.) Irish and non-Irish alike commonly participate in the “wearing of the green”—sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, in the lapel. Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day. Although some of these practices eventually were adopted by the Irish themselves, they did so largely for the benefit of tourists.