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Irony defined

Irony is when your unrequited first crush (from 7th grade) grows up to write a book titled: “You Know He’s a Keeper, You Know He’s a Loser: Happy Endings and Horror Stories from Real-Life Relationships.” I’m not kidding.  Really.  This is true.  Gratitude is learning that my story did not rate making it into the […]

Kill the Buddha

Can you recall the last time you went into a situation like a baby, having an empty mind, no preconceptions, no thought of knowing about what awaits you?  Most people cannot recall such a time. When we confront something thinking we already know about it, we are not near as open to learning.  Shunyru Suzuki, […]

Surfing emotions

Emotions are like waves. You can’t stop them from coming, but you can decide whether to surf the waves or drown in them. Rabbi David Bassous has great wisdom and a wondrous talent for summarizing the wisdom of others. With some of my own adaptation, he has spoken of emotions, particularly anger, as follows: Do […]

Mindfulness and Muraqabah

I recently was given a meaningful article written by Justin Parrot. The following is just an excerpt. Read the rest here. As you read, if you do not identify with Allah, substitute the word “God” or “divinity” or whatever other term allows you to see the meaning here. In the Islamic context, mindfulness is the […]