|Posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM|
Email from Minh after coming into Folsom with me, April 18, 2014
Julie, you are the Dearest and Precious One,
Thank you so much for sharing your precious group of students with me. You are right. They certainly left an imprint on my heart. Thank you for sending me the beautiful pictures of the Circle of Love. What a moving story. Blessings in all you do, in the documentary film project, Frank and his new family, and I hope you pursuit the teaching position at Placerville college. My thoughts and prayers are with your sister and you for bringing comfort to her, especially during this time.
Here is a little writing from my journal the night after being in the group with you.
"It was a very enriching, moving and a great learning experience. I felt that I was among my peers, my fellow spiritual seekers, like-minded students, those who want to learn to cultivate greater awareness and openness in body, heart and mind in a day long retreat some where, not inside prison. These are individuals who are in confinement, having had their freedom taken away from them by their own doing or by being in the wrong place at the wrong time; and they choose to search for inner peace, for freedom from deep within.
A quote to share with you:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.
mevlana jelaluddin rumi - 13th century
I came to teach them acupressure, yin/yang theory, and they taught me diligent practice, patience, caring, openness to learn and willingness to change from behind bars. They certainly left their imprint on my heart and I walked away with more humility.
Thank you for taking the time of your busy schedule to be with me. I will be there to practice with you tomorrow. Hope everyone will come out to practice with you.
Much love and gratitude.
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