South County, have you ever thought about your self? And not in the I-need-a-vacation way, or the I-should-buy-a-boat way. No, have you ever contemplated your physical and mental existence, while also remaining mindful of the way in which you love and understand your self?
It’s a heavy question, for sure, but it’s one that the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness seeks to nurture and support. Here, within this community of six meditation groups, or sanghas, scattered around the state, three of which call South County home, individuals attempt to “deepen [their] understanding of mindfulness” and engage in “Buddhist practices.” All meditation meetings are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to participate.
In East Greenwich, there’s Clear Path Sangha, which meets from 6-8pm every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, and Generations Sangha, which meets from 10am-12pm on the second Saturday of every month. Both are located at the Westminster Unitarian Church, 119 Kenyon Avenue, East Greenwich.
Elsewhere, there’s Clear Heart Sangha, a group that meets from 6-8pm on the first four Sundays of every month. Contact Clare Sartori for location information.
So, while a vacation or boat may bring about temporary satisfaction, it’s the inner exploration of the self that provides lasting, irreplaceable happiness.