Happy International Women’s Day

“Here’s to strong Women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
 -unknown

Happy Women’s Day!

This past year has seen some incredible developments …

We’ve seen the absolute devastation of certain countries and certain peoples around the world.  We’ve seen western media prejudice its audience with their incorrect ‘viewpoints’  about Muslims and Islam.  We’ve seen an insane tyrant in the White House grow even more inane and juvenile with each passing day.

We’ve also seen the “comeuppance” of many an individual who thought it was alright to stand in the way of, and abuse, many a person. We’ve seen the phenomenal growth of the #Metoo and #TimesUp movements.  We’ve seen Black Lives Matter grow and grow and grow.  We’ve seen interfaith conversations and multi-faith gatherings bring peace to a divided world. We’ve seen women (Finally) standing behind other women, having their backs, saying “I hear you,” and “I’ll fight for you,” and most importantly, “I believe you.”

We’ve seen what happens when women with common purpose and very powerful determination come together.  This is what changing the world looks like. That it had to come about as a response to horrendous abuses of power and privilege is unfortunate. That it’s here now is necessary. It’s universe-shifting; it’s the answer to the prayer of every woman who has found herself in the situation of “who will believe you?”

To every man and woman out there who participates in misogyny, I say to you: Times Up.

To every man and woman who support, stand by, love, and believe, I salute you. I honour you. I embrace you.  I thank you.

To all the people who make me stronger, better, more – to say thank you is a monumental shortfall. I shall say it anyway:  Asante Sana! Thank you. Merci Beaucoup. God Bless.

Happy International Women’s Day to all the phenomenal women of our little blue planet!

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“Islamophobia has no room in this world. If we continue to blame Islam for this tragedy, then we are worse than isis. Isis is not Islam.”

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has ever been victim to the cruel attacks by savages purporting to be Muslim. These are acts of cowardice and barbarism. This is not Islam.

My thoughts are also with victims of Islamophobia.

We can change things by standing together because love will always, always, always overpower hate. 💗✌💞

 

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Mend a quarrel.  Seek out a forgotten friend.  Write a love letter. https://i0.wp.com/openclipart.org/image/300px/svg_to_png/171737/Heart_0012.png

Share some treasure.  Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth.  Keep a promise. 

Find the time.  https://i2.wp.com/openclipart.org/image/300px/svg_to_png/7656/BenBois_Clock.png    Forgive an enemy.  https://i2.wp.com/openclipart.org/image/300px/svg_to_png/79285/Heart3.png 

Listen.  Apologize if you were wrong.  Think first of someone else. 

Be Kind and Gentle.  Laugh a little.  Laugh a little more.  Express your gratitude. 

Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.    https://i2.wp.com/openclipart.org/image/300px/svg_to_png/4126/yves_guillou_Dahlia.png
Speak your love.  https://i0.wp.com/openclipart.org/image/300px/svg_to_png/174544/valentine_penguin_ocal.png 


Speak it again.  https://i2.wp.com/openclipart.org/image/300px/svg_to_png/79285/Heart3.png 


Speak it still once again
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– anonymous

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than racism and racial profiling.  I love this GAP ad!!  We all have the power to end hateful taught behaviours.  Let’s begin by accepting Loving every kind of beautiful there is.

To Arsalan Iftikhar™@TheMuslimGuy, thank you for using Social Media as a platform to call for change! 

We have all been programmed since our collective childhoods to believe that the world works in a certain way.  But here’s the truth of how this incredible Universe unfolds:  “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so to have the life that is waiting for us.”  (Joseph Campbell) For many of you, it will require an “unlearning” of everything you have been taught– the programming of “you have to.”

You have to go to school and you have to then get a job with benefits and you have to have a retirement plan and you have to get married and you have to have children, etc, etc.

The real truth is that the only thing you “have” to do is Live.  Be who you are at all times.  Love this.  Love you.  Love life.  Re-write the software that planned your life before your life began.

Re-write it, learn anew, learn what the Yogis and the Sufis and the Mystics and the Gnostics and the Taoists have been saying for centuries:  “You are the key. And you are enough.”  Life is short- be brave.

It is your turn now

“It is your turn now,
you waited, you were patient.
The time has come,
for us to polish you.
We will transform your inner pearl
into a house of fire.
You’re a gold mine.
Did you know that,
hidden in the dirt of the earth?
It is your turn now,
to be placed in fire.
Let us cremate your impurities.”
-Rumi

sage advice

A  Saint who was visiting the river Ganges to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting at each other in anger.

The Saint turned to his disciples, smiled and asked, ‘Why do people shout at each other when they are angry?’

The followers thought for a while. Then one of them said, ‘Because we lose our peacefulness, we shout.’

‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner,’  replied the saint.

The followers attempted other answers but none satisfied the other followers.

Finally, the Saint explained,

‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance by a great measure. To cover that distance they must shout to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other over that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but speak softly, because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either non-existent or very small…’

The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, they only whisper and they become even closer to each other in their love. Finally, they need not even whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

He looked at his followers and said:

‘So, when you argue do not let your hearts become distant. Do not say words that distance each other more, or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.’

 

My prayer for all of you this week:
May you love so much and so well that you never need to shout.