The highlight of our India trip so far was meeting this sweet angel Abhi and his wonderful parents Madhusudan Srinivas and Shubhra Gupta in New Delhi! Abhi was delighted to see A and even sang a Hindi tune for her
Go grateful for this opportunity. Thank you Abhi, Madhu and Shubhra for your wonderful hospitality, love and affection.
Dilshad we shall come here together one day and also hope to host our Delhi friends in Richmond, VA in the near future.
Thanks for sharing, Dilshad D. Ali. Unless you’re bringing highly specialized skills (Medecins Sans Frontieres, professors, researchers etc) you’re not helping an impoverished community by volunteering for 2 weeks, a summer, etc. Volunteer where you live and work – our country is full of needs. And demand that the aid we send elsewhere does not go into the pockets of corrupt governments but builds self sufficiency in communities.
I was thinking this morning how many changes have happened in a year to me, my friends, colleagues and loved ones – administrations, struggles, health, work, goals. Last year I was so honored to be adjusting my hijab in the White House bathroom at the White House Eid Celebration. This year I’m struggling to figure out friends and relationships that have revealed new things to me, making me wonder what it is about each other that makes us forget civility and kindness. Severe Growing pains, folks. I guess God knew we needed to experience them.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.
Kind of what I felt like saying to all those crying foul over the word “jihad” last couple of days. Sometimes I wonder how it is I’m producing/publishing/promoting the same stories about the same misconceptions as I did in my early years on this beat of covering Islam and Muslims in America more than 15 yrs ago.
ANNOUNCEMENT (Please Share): Sisters and brothers, today is my book’s birthday! Remember Who You Are is live and available in hardcover and ebook on Amazon.
I wrote this book to build bridges between us, to share with you the wisdom of Islam, and to help you remember who you are: the changeless being that can navigate a world that’s always changing.
The chapters are short. The writing is simple. But the message and the meaning are profound and can change your life.
This is the book you want to carry with you and give to your parents, uncles, aunts, and especially the teenagers and college kids in your life. This is the book you want to share with your friends and neighbors and co-workers to start conversations and build community on what we all have in common.
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It is no accident that white masculinity is constructed the way it is in the United States, as European invasion of the Americas required a masculinity that murders, rapes, and enslaves Native and African peoples. It is a masculinity that requires men to be soldiers and conquerors in every aspect of their lives. A masculinity rooted in genocide breeds a culture of sexual abuse.
Casting a 5’7 or taller female model to shoot tomorrow in Malibu around 6pm. You can view my work on the Tokyo West Photography link attached to this page. Not paid but will be submitted to magazines. Must be ok shooting solo shots as well as with already booked male model.
In a relationship its important to remember the needs dreams, desires, and feelings of both partners but its also important to recognize the dreams, desires, needs of the third being that is created by these two coming together which is the relationship itself. It is almost as if this third being is an emergent dreaming organism in itself. This third being may have some great gifts to give and may be here to serve some important purpose for humanity or for the earth as a whole. When we feed this third being, when we honour it, when we listen to its needs, when we listen to what dreams and magic it is bringing forth, our individuals lives will be nurtured and the whole community’s may be too
Do we really perceive reality as it is? Much of what we perceive is only known to us through our conceptual labelling of our experience. We conceptually label not only our thoughts but also all the things we see, feel, taste, smell and hear. We label everything that we perceive including our body sensations and everything that comes through our sensory perceptions. We often do not see what is really there but an image based on our past experience and our habitual conceptual understanding. Our conceptual labelling is imbedded in our perception; what we perceive is as if obscured by an enormous veil of images.
It is almost as if we live inside an enormous novel, simulation or fabricated reality created by our ideas our habits and our ideas about consensus reality. This false reality is not just an idea in our head, it also inhabits our synapses and our sense perceptions and sensory motor responses. What happens when we suspend this labelling of our experience? What happens when we break free from the veil of images and the prison of consensus reality?
If we do we might find ourselves entering a much more fluid, generative wild and living universe. We might feel the beat of our heart, the rush of our blood, the inner sensations of pulsing, pressure, heat or tingling feelings in our body and our inner body micromovements as fluid and evolving processes which are naturally inextricably connected with our emotions and dreams.
We may find that our difficult body symptoms spontaneously start to heal as our body derigidifies itself, loosens itself from being held in tension and our immune system starts functioning more effectively again. Our concepts and thoughts may liberate themselves from the boxes in which we have conveniently placed them and find themselves rearranged and alchemically transformed in new and radical ways.
Our dreams may become vibrantly luminously alive and carry messages from our deepest psyche, from the earth and from the Gods and Goddesses. We might perceive enormous complexity, depth and living vibrant detail in each sight, sensation, taste, feeling or sound. We might perceive in other people their body feelings, the movements of their emotions and heartsong and their deepest dreams and values. We may feel grief that we had pushed aside or we might know the joy as if we were seeing a morning sunlight or meeting a long lost friend in many everyday moments.
We may see in the wild expanse of the rivers and hills a vast living body and in the oak and ash trees, leaping salmon, herons and jackdaws deep wild sentient intelligences. We may reclaim our natural ability to be able to communicate with the powers of the earth, the ancestors and the Gods. We might sense that reality itself can reshape or redream itself as we learn to communicate more deeply it. We might come to see how when we act from our deepest vision our collective action may have emergent and unforeseeable effects that can leverage powerful change in the world.
When two people have radically different opinions and are involved in debate or argument and each person stays within the parameters of their own axioms or worldview its often the case that not much communication happens. Where is the truth in this case? Perhaps its not something which is found wholly in one worldview or the other but ‘beneath’ them, in the holonic dreaming field or earth based spirit that has created the conflict in the first place. The truth may also live ‘between’ them in the new visions and perspectives that arise when each side manage to step out of the their ordinary state of consciousness and listen a bit more deeply to the other side. When each person is able to, even if only momentarily, step into the other person’s mode of perception and embodiment, values, axioms, ways of feeling and sensing the world without forgetting about their own perspective too, then an emergence of a some new way of seeing the world, a larger or more whole myth or story, may start to appear.