Upcoming Outdoor Meditation
Because we had such a great turnout for our last outdoor sit we scheduled another one for September 27th, next Sunday, at 5:00 at Roberta Smith's house, 712 W Sackett Ave., by the river. Bring a chair if you have one but there are some available onsite. Also, since we can't predict the weather, we encourage you to dress for whatever it might be. There will be no Zoom sit that evening.
Salida Sangha Charitable Giving
During the months that we have been unable to meet at our Sangha house our rent money has been donated to charities. Here is what your generosity has made possible:
Donations of $650 each month; total amount $4550
March - The Grainery
April - Chaffee County Community Foundation
May - Mindfulness in the Jail
June - GARNA
July - NAMI
Aug - Full Circle Restorative Justice
Sep - San Luis Valley Immigrant resource Center
These contributions have been greatly appreciated by these groups that are making a difference in our community during this time of great need! THANK YOU!
Brian Lesage Residency In February
Save the dates! Brian has once again offered us a residency from February 12 - 23, 2021. It will be a weekend retreat, some evening sessions and a daylong retreat to close. Most likely it will be online.
We are so grateful to Brian and the 45 participants who attended our September 12-13 retreat. It was a beautiful and rewarding experience in being moved toward love and compassion in this challenging time.
Recommended Resources For September
Denise sent this link to a clip from a talk by Van Jones on racial justice:
Dharma seed podcasts:
Jack Kornfield continues to offer great information and teachings
Book: Mindful of Race by Ruth King
Updates To Our Website
Thanks to the amazing Kevin Wathen the Salida Sangha website has been beautifully updated with lots of new information and resources. You can check it out here:
Mary Oliver: "Messenger"
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird--
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.
In love and light and gratitude,
Your Salida Sangha board