And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays:
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;
James Russell Lowell
from the Vision of Sir Launfal
"Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly."
―Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
I hope this finds you well and happy and listening to the murmurs and enjoying the glistening of this beautiful time of year.
This is a reminder that we will be gathering next Sunday at 6 PM at the West home.(directions below) We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, continue to learn from Thay's book, "The Art of Living" and share the Dharma. It will be a joy to be able to practice together, I hope you will be able to join us.
This coming Saturday we will be having a Morning of Mindfulness with the Generations Sangha...10 AM - 11:30 at the Providence Friends Meeting on Morris Avenue in Providence. This is a Sangha for all ages. If you have children, grandchildren or friends who have children who might enjoy this, please let them know. We share stories, songs and practices. There is a project for the kids and a short meditation for the adults. It's lots of fun!
I wanted to let you know that the Cape Sangha Retreat which will be held from Sept 12-15. Registration is now open and this retreat usually fills fairly quickly, so if you want to join us, please register as soon as you are able. All the info and registration forms can be found at joannefriday.com/calendar It is held in a lovely place at a lovely time of year.
Please also remember the Plum Village App. which is a wonderful resource for practice. There is a bell of mindfulness timer, songs, talks, guided meditations, etc. Enjoy!
Also Ellen asked me to let you know that another of my talks on Calming the Flames of Anger has been put on youtube it can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOqt0-Yy1-s
thank you, Ellen!
Also here is a lovely video ...if you are a gardner ..this is what is happening out there! It is interesting to see how the plants fail to thrive...then when conditions are sufficient, they flourish...just like us! We need to take good care of our spinach and each other! Enjoy!
Thay reminds us....
"When you plant lettuce (or in this case spinach) , if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have
problems with our friends or family, we blame the other
person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will
grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive
effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason
and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no
reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you
understand, and you show that you understand, you can
love, and the situation will change"
— Thích Nhất Hạnh
I hope that we get to practice together again soon.
with much love and the joy of being a part of this glorious cosmos with you,
DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME
We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (acrossthe street from big sign ““Kingston Hill Store Books Used and Rare””. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr. We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!