Monday, October 29, 2012

Peace in the Storm call in Meditation Mon @ 4:30PM

Dear Ones

Sending love and peace to all Green Island Sangha members as the storm approaches.

So today we are happy to offer another
Peace in the Storm conference call meditation at 4:30 PM.
The conference call number is 218-632-0550   
access code 180173#

Please note that area code 218 is Minnesota.
Please join us for some peace together in the storm.

 If you cannot join us by phone breathe with us as we calm our inner storms and inner stories and be peace and be safe.

If anyone needs support or help or a place to stay there are sangha members offering support so please reach out.

I know our sisters and brothers to the south are already in the storm...we send our love. Sunday morning our sangha decided not to meet in person as many sangha members needed to either continue to prepare for the storm or evacuate but we did very much still want to practice together especially in light of what was unfolding. So instead we met by free conference call and our facilitator Veronica offered us a deep relaxation and 2 songs from A Basket of Plums (An Island to Myself & And When I Rise) There were about 8 of us on the call and we came from all coasts of Long Island from Great Neck, Sea Cliff, Bayville, Greenport on the North Shore/Long Island Sound, to Riverhead on Peconic Bay to Bayport, Freeport and Long Beach on the South Shore/ Atlantic Ocean. Most of these areas are now flooding or near flooding. Most of us are in a flood zone or evacuation area so there is a lot of hurry and worry energy all around. It was wonderful practicing being peace within as the storm is approaching and feeling others around us racing intensely. For one hour we offered each other support to stop, breathe, rest, relax and be peace within as Sandy was/is approaching. We did this along with after the sit, checking in with those sangha members living on canals or in flood areas and offering support and refuge at other sangha members homes for those needing to evacuate.

 For now, I offer 2 storm practices sent by another GISer Candie for us all. A short video from the recent Creative Arts Retreat at Blue Cliff And an Interbeing practice for our Tree Family below ...if it does not copy see for a Tree Meditation for Hurricane Sandy.

 Hope to "see" you on the conference call today.

Breathing and sending love and may all be safe

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday October 28th
We're expecting a visit from Hurricane Sandy

So that we can all prepare for our guest

 we will not be at St. Ignatius but will
be offering a "Phone In" sitting meditation
 from 10:30 AM until 11:30.

We will follow our sit with a short

 Sangha Care Taking discussion
 from 11:30 until 12:15.

The conference call number is

 218-632-0550 access code 180173#
 Please note that area code 218 is Minnesota

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2012

NOTE: There is a link to the right ---> which links to a page of announcements you may find interesting.

Looks like rain! 
On Sunday October 7th we will be outdoors at St. Ignatius as the Retreat House will be closed.
Please follow the path on the right side of the parking lot (facing the building). Please bring chairs or cushions.

If it is not actually raining, someone from Green Island Sangha will be there. Please use your discretion.

The NY Peace Walk is a rain or shine event. We will be car pooling from St. Ignatius.  Please join us in the parking lot at 12:30 and bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch. Wet weather gear may be useful.

We will be having our monthly Beginner's Gathering on the second Sunday of the month (October 14th) at 10AM.

SUNDAY October 7th

St Ignatius Retreat House - Outdoors

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Our Regular Sitting Practice
5 Mindfulness Training Recitation (New Version)
Please Bring your Chanting Books with you if you have them.

SUNDAY October 14th

St Ignatius Retreat House

10 AM - 10:30 AM
Beginners Mind Gathering
Our Once a Month Pre Sit Intro Meeting for Those new to Mindfulness or new to the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Our Regular Sitting Practice

SUNDAY October 21st

St Ignatius Retreat House

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Our Regular Sitting Practice

We Will Be Reading From Fragrant Palm Leaves
Please Bring your Books with you if you have them.


SUNDAY October 28th

St Ignatius Retreat House

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Our Regular Sitting Practice

We will be collecting canned goods/non-perishables
for a local food pantry