A board with a hole drilled in it was left in the garden over winter.
This hardy little being just happened to come up right under it
and pushed through that hole toward the light!
May we all have that powerful life force
and zest for life!
Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.
"Reverence for Life says that the only thing we are really sure of is that we live and want to go on living. This is something that we share with everything else that lives, from elephants to blades of grass— and, of course, every human being.
So we are brothers and sisters to all living things, and owe to all of them the same care and respect, that we wish for ourselves."
— James Brabazon
I hope you are well and enjoying this glorious spring day. The peepers have been peeping all day...in broad daylight...so their life force is strong and I hope yours is also!
We will be gathering tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Road in Peace Dale at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting meditation, we will continue to use the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings as the basis of our practice and we will share the Dharma. This week we will be looking at a really helpful and important Training - the Sixth - Taking Care of Anger - a very deep practice. The Buddha said "You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger." Cindy will facilitate. I hope you will be able to be with us.
The Sixth Mindfulness Training: Taking Care of Anger
Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering, we are committed to taking care of the energy of anger when it arises, to recognizing and transforming the seeds of anger that lie deep in our consciousness. When anger manifests, we are determined not to do or say anything, but to practice mindful breathing or mindful walking to acknowledge, embrace, and look deeply into our anger. We know that the roots of anger are not outside of ourselves but can be found in our wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in ourselves and in the other person. By contemplating impermanence, we will be able to look with the eyes of compassion at ourselves and at those we think are the cause of our anger, and to recognize the preciousness of our relationships. We will practice Right Diligence in order to nourish our capacity of understanding, love, joy and inclusiveness, gradually transforming our anger, violence, fear, and helping others do the same.
I have been invited to offer a Day of Mindfulness - , Riding the Waves of Birth and Death Gracefully, Saturday May 4, 9:30 to 3 pm. Sponsored by First Light Sangha and Cape Cod Sangha. Orleans Senior Center, Orleans, MA. Registration information is available at joannefriday.com/calendar I hope you will be able to be with us.
Here is a lovely article that was sent by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship about Thay. I sent it via the google group. I know some of you are not a part of that so I wanted to send it to everyone. (if you would like to be a part of the google group, please contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org)
To go along with our practice for Taking Care of Anger...Here is a good place to start!...
I hope you will be able to be with us tomorrow and in the meantime, I hope you will be enjoying every minute.
I wanted to offer my gratitude to all of you who have been holding me in your prayers. We just got back from NYC last evening...and the CT results were good. Some cancer has receded some stayed the same but nothing advanced and the tumor markers went down again. Your love and care are deeply appreciated.
with much love and the energy of a spring bulb for you,