The Parent of All Virtues

This week we will pratice resting in gratitude, allowing the goodness in our lives to sink in, noticing the roses as well as the thorns, the full resevoirs as well as the snow, electricity when we have it as well as when we don’t.  It takes a bit more effort to be aware of our good fortune than what we see as misfortune, and so we engage in gratitude practice.  Perhaps we start with the letter A and bring to mind events, individuals or experiences that start with the letter A for which we are grateful, letting the sense of gratitude sink into us, permeating body and spirit.  And then we move on to the letter B, making our way through the alphabet, bathing and basking in abundance.

Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others,” and science has proven his wisdom.  When we have a sense of abundance in our lives, we are psychologically empowered to extend kindness to others, and when we are kind toward others, we set off a chain reaction of kindness that extends, and extends.  It all starts with a sense of gratitude and abundance.

As William Arthur Ward said, “Feeling gratitude, and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it,” so this week as part of our “informal” practice, we invite you to say Thank You to those who make your life better in ways big and small.  We’d love to hear who you have thanked and why!  Leave us a comment in our Instagram or Facebook post, or email us at welcome@communitymindfulnessproject.org.

And we’d like to thank YOU for putting the “Community” in Community Mindfulness Project, for sharing your wisdom, compassion, support and kindness.  We are ever so grateful to you.

Community Sits this Week:

Please note our newest addition to the schedule!  Thursday evenings at 7PM at Ferguson Library in Stamford in the Rotary Room.

Monday 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM Trumbull Library 33 Quality Street Trumbull
Monday 6:30 PM Ridgefield Library 472 Main Street Ridgefield
Monday 7:30 PM Sama Yoga 45 Grove Street, New Canaan
Tuesday 1:00 PM Ferguson  Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford (made possible by a grant from Bankwell)
Wednesday  12:00 PM New Canaan Library 151 Main Street, New Canaan
**NEW Thursday 7:00 PM Ferguson  Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford (in the Rotary Room) 

Upcoming Events:
• One Day Silent Retreat with Guided Meditations Saturday April 21.  To be held at the First Congregational Church of Stamford 9AM - 4PM.
• Mindfulness in Education Conference @ St. Luke's School  in conjunction with Spence School, New Canaan Saturday June 9 (more details to follow)

CMP survives on donations. All of our weekly sessions are free and open to the public, but donations are essential to our sustainability. Checks, cash and credit cards are accepted and donations are tax deductible.

Stay up-to-date on all CMP news and happenings by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Meetup and Insight Timer.  And our website CommunityMindfulnessProject.org.

May all beings everywhere, without exception, rest in a sense of abundance, 

The CMP Team


** CMP is a 501c3 nonprofit.
Checks can be given to facilitators at our weekly sits or mailed to:
Community Mindfulness Project
P.O. Box 1713
New Canaan, CT 06840.

** Credit card donations are accepted on our website: CommunityMindfulnessProject.org.

** We thank you!

 

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Erika Long