Four of her cousins. the oldest being twelve, shared quotes their mother had them memorize from Paul Foster ( teacher), Mother Teresa, Vincent Van Gough, and an African proverb. Grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles all shared.
My words are shared on her personal blog post @ yourgrandpa.blogspot.com
Recognizing the community of love around her, I was reminded of the importance of knowing you have a place you belong , a community, a sangha, if you will, which is yours, where you experience love and guidance about the ways of this life.
A place to come home to when your world seems more than you can handle on your own. But also a place where you are reminded, if truth abides in that place, about the things that matter.
Some of us have this gift all our lives. Some of us have to go around the world to find it. Some never find it.
I'm in the habit of saying nothing is learned at birthday parties, mostly at funerals.
Caroline's baptism changed my thoughts on that matter.
There is much to be learned when celebrating the beginning of a new life and the celebrations of the birthdays to come.
The next time you are invited to a birthday party of a child in the family and you can go, DO IT!
Community happens through skillful means. Community happens with intention, not by mistake.
Why do we practice?
Look at that sentient being in the middle of this picture.
Nine Bows to my teacher, Caroline,