Because St Marks is being used as a Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue we are holding our Thursday evening August meetings (7th, 14th, 21st and 28th) at The Mews – Centre for Healing and Spiritual Health close to the botanics off Inverlieth Row.
Instructions for finding The Mews are on The Mews Find Us page or on our venues page for The Mews. Buses 23, 27 and 8 run close by.
The meeting time remains the same at 7:15pm for a prompt 7:30 start. We look forward to seeing you there.
I’m just back from a week of family retreat at New Hamlet, Plum Village. I didn’t take many photos (I was on retreat after all) but I thought I’d share a few of the ones I did take.
Thay walks with 1,000 at Lower Hamlet
Thay walks with children
Discussion at bell tower New Hamlet
Plum trees at New Hamlet
Plub trees and bell tower at New Hamlet
After Thay’s talk at Upper Hamlet
Buddha Hill at Upper Hamlet
Orla wrote a poem that she didn’t quite get around to reading on the retreat but wanted to share.
A warm welcome
Beds lovingly made
Gathas mindfully placed
Still morning sun
Cosmic drum sounds
Sitting like a sunflower
Walking as a river
A powerful energy
Breathing as one
Blue tits playing
A solstice rainbow fire
Friendships made & renewed
Dana lovingly given
Compassion & wisdom
A middle way?
Surrendering to the flow
Faith in the path
A practice renewed
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For those who appreciate classic (rather than classical) music Pete has kindly provided the improved words to the Abba classic “Knowing Me Knowing You”.
Letting Be; Letting Go
(to the tune of “knowing me; knowing you” by Abba)
Letting be; letting go
That’s the way to let life flow…
Letting be; letting go.
Why on earth do we strive and run?
Oh why, oh why, oh why, oh why?
Can’t you see that that just ruins the fun
Just be here right now.
Letting be; letting go then your love light will glow.
And here is Pete’s mindful version of “Simple Gifts” (An old shaker classic, often used at Thanksgiving time in America, and featured in Appalachian Spring and even during President Obama’s inauguration. The tune was used (without attribution so far as we know) for Lord of the Dance, but let’s not dwell on that).
‘Tis a gift to live simply
’tis a gift to be free
’tis a gift to just allow ourselves to “be”
And, as the Here and Now comes to feel just right
We’re Home in the valley of love and delight
When true simplicity is gained
To be what we are we will not be ashamed
To grow, grow will be our delight
And while flowing, growing we’ll glow with light.
Here is a version with the original words if you can’t remember the tune.
Wonderful retreat held at the weekend. Click the image for larger version. Any other contributions from the retreat would be most welcome.
For those who were laughing at me trying to make it to the back in less than 2 seconds here is an action shot!
I also took a few of my people portraits. Not as many as I would like. Maybe I’ll get you next time. (Clicking on these opens in my gallery). Let me know if you want larger copies.
Since many of us will be at the retreat at Wiston Lodge on Thursday 19 June – with the bell and mats and cushions etc – there will not be an evening session that night.
There will still be the usual Mindfulness at Lunchtime on Tuesday and on Tuesday evening there will be a talk by Br, Vu at St Marks at 7pm on Everyday Mindfulness.