A NOTE FROM RICHARD GROVES
“The only constant in life is change”-Heraclitus
It is interesting how our lives in the time of COVID-19 are both very still and so full of change. Normally, my spring is non-stop travel, and I am forced to grab rare moments to start my garden and enjoy the flowers of spring.
These last few months I have stayed close to the ground in every way. No plane travel means I’m home, and I can be fully present in the “now” of this season. I love digging in the dirt, communing with nature, and building my garden in a brand new way. So, in spite of the hardships which many are experiencing, I am also grateful for the gifts of a very different pace this Spring.
Of course, there are significant challenges. Every day I must look at how to manage the stress of translating all of our in-person programs to online events, the uncertainty of the next year, and the loss of program income. I feel the world-wide sorrow of grief and loss because of the pandemic. These changes are painful.
Just as I am tending to my garden, I must tend to the trust and hope that we are planting at SALC. I must trust and hope that our excellent online programs will find those hungry for these teachings. I must trust and hope that our team has the stamina to continue at such a busy pace. I must trust and hope that our SALC friends and past donors will continue to support the work we do.
We know so many of you are facing financial uncertainty and hardship, so now may be a difficult time to donate, but, if it is possible, we could use your support. This next year is going to be a financial tight-rope walk as we navigate the COVID-19 landscape. Your contributions will be the deciding factor between continuing our current path and future hard choices. We know the level of donations must change to meet our future needs, and we hope our wonderful SALC family will hear our call. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to PO Box 8720 / Bend, OR 97708.
We are continuing to work from home but know that your calls, emails, and letters are all read and passed along. If our responses are delayed, please know we are all busily engaged in our virtual programs and will get back to you as soon as possible.
May you have the strength to face the difficulties of change, gratitude for the blessings of change, and wisdom to hold both with an open heart.
Wishing everyone health and peace,
Founding Director of Sacred Art of Living Center