This is what is happening in this present moment!
Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to be present to the present....he says,
"I don’t care at all what happens to me when I die. That’s why I have a lot of time to care about what is happening to me in the here and the now. When I walk, I want to enjoy every step I take. I want freedom and peace and joy in every step. So joy and peace and lightness are what I produce in that moment. I have inherited it and I pass it on to other people.
If someone sees me walking this way and decides to walk mindfully for him or herself, then I am reborn in him or in her right away
—that’s my continuation.”
[Thich Nhat Hanh, Excerpted from “This Silence is Called Great Joy”]
I hope you are well and enjoying every present moment.
We have the opportunity to enjoy some moments together this evening at 6 PM at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church on Lower College Rd. in Kingston. We will enjoy sitting, walking and sitting meditation. Emil will facilitate, Renee will mind the bell and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to join us.
Also remember that there is Plum Village App that is a wonderful resource. It offers us a mindfulness bell, talks, songs, guided meditations, etc.
The registration for the Cape Sangha Retreat, Sept 12-15, opened June 1 and I have been told that it is filled. If you were hoping to join us you can go to joannefriday.com/calendar to get the info. Usually they keep a waiting list as some folks need to cancel near the retreat time itself.
For those of you who are nearby, please save the date and plan to join us for the RI Community of Mindfulness Sangha Picnic on September 21 at Colt State Park in Bristol. You are invited to bring your family, friends, a vegetarian dish to share, a song, a game, your dog, etc, etc, etc, ... It is a lovely place and a lovely opportunity to get to know those from all seven of our Sanghas. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Also, as many of you know, I love poetry and I recently received wonderful news that one of my favorite poets, Joy Harjo, has been named the poet Laureate for the US.
She is the first Native American poet to receive this distinction...
We are living in fairly tumultuous times and for those of us who might feel a bit overwhelmed by how much help is needed…Sister Chan Khong, who has been helping Thay for over 50 years and is a tireless worker for social justice, offers us this wonderful advice….
"If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to right away do, whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. If you and your friends do not despise small work, a million people will remove a lot of suffering"
~Sister Chan Khong (Vietnamese Nun and Peace Activist- Living at Plum Village- France)
let's do it!.....
with much love and the wonders of this present moment for you,