"We can't exist by ourselves alone. We can only inter-be. . . In a relationship, if you can see the nature of interbeing between you and the other person, you can see that his suffering is your own suffering, and your happiness is his own happiness. With this way of seeing, you speak and act differently. This in itself can relieve so much suffering."
-- Thich Nhat Han
Many of us found our way to meditation and Buddhist teachings at a time of heightened suffering. Perhaps we found solace and refuge in the Buddhist teachings and meditation skills. Ideally, we also found support and comfort from our fellow sangha members.
PIMC is happy to announce that it is launching a "Care Committee" to strengthen our community's support for its members. Through the Care Committee, PIMC sangha members can provide care for one another for a limited time, when a member requests it. For example, care might be provided in the form of food, household or transportation help to someone disabled or sick; support committees for a person going through a divorce, job transition or facing difficult life decisions or family circumstances; essential services to a member who has limited financial means; or simply companionship and meditation for someone who might feel alone. Committee members will provide support on a limited time basis, depending on the situation. After several months, situations will be reassessed to see whether care is still needed and sangha members are still able to provide support.
We encourage PIMC members to sign up to serve on the CARE committee, by contacting Kathy Selvaggio, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-653-0750, with your name, e-mail, mobile phone number and, if you want, any special expertise or skills that might come in handy in providing care. We needs many individuals to participate so that we can spread the effort around and avoid burn-out!
If you are in need of care or support, also contact Kathy at the above e-mail or phone number (e-mail preferred). Please be assured that all situations will be kept confidential, and only the people providing support will be given details on the case.
As Thich Nhat Han and Martin Luther King, Jr. remind us, we are inevitably tied together, and we can help one another through our human struggles.
"We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.