March 20, 2017 1:30pm | River City Roasters Coffee Shop in Wheaton, IL The past ten years have been incredibly important in my life journey. It’s hard to even conceive how productive these years have been in terms of wayfaring; it’s even harder to explain how difficult these years have been—but, as the aphorism goes... Continue Reading →
This Summer I traveled to NYC to meet with a bunch of friends, then off to Baltimore for a friend's wedding. Later I went to Mom and Dad's, Colorado, and saw AT and Shae and the boys after too-many years. Here are a few photos of me that people snapped.
I cannot sleep. A friend asked a question that occurs to me every so often: how much news is too much news? Building off of that: what is the point of news anyway? Another friend offered some insight that I'd like to share in a slightly edited form: [T]his is a great question, as a... Continue Reading →
“The aim of moral discipline is to purify the heart from the rust of passion and resentment, till, like a clear mirror, it reflects the light of God.” See Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī, The Alchemy of Happiness, trans. Claud Field (Lahore: Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, 195-?), 2. Can be accessed at: http://www.surrenderworks.com/library/downloads/alchemy_of_happiness.pdf
Many of you may know that each year Muslims fast for one month during the month of Ramadan (the 9th month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar). We are currently on the 4th day of the Month of Ramadan. There are a variety of standards set for the fast but the primary acts are to abstain... Continue Reading →
Ecology and Environmental Justice are always on my mind. I ran across this article today. The damage is overwhelming; it fatigues the heart. 38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/15/38-million-pieces-of-plastic-waste-found-on-uninhabited-south-pacific-island "Have we forgotten our future? Earth Mother, life giver, we can't live without her So foolish, men who say... Continue Reading →
I wanted to share this with you all. The month of Ramadan is quickly approaching and I will begin my annual month-long fast (sunup to sundown). My friend David encapsulates the spirit of the season of Ramadan in his reflections here.
People long ago, their bodies now disintegrated, fasted for the sake of God. They did not have the same variety and access to foodstuffs that we do today, yet still they restrained from eating and drinking in order to cultivate their spirits. Why?
It states in a book by Fayd Kashani: “It has been said that were there no benefit to fasting except ascension from the low point of the animalistic soul to the spiritual summit like the angels, this would have been enough of a virtue and merit for fasting.” (Spiritual Mysteries and Ethical Secrets, p. 535) God created us with bodily needs and desires, and fulfilling them is what makes the world go around. All of human civilization is built upon having a surplus of calories and successful reproduction. In short, without food and sex, the traces of humanity would long ago have disappeared from the Earth.
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I had the opportunity to show some friends around the Chicago area; they were visiting from the DC area. We visited the University of Chicago campus and then went downtown to see the famous (infamous?) Bean at Millenium Park; it's a sculpture that is meant to represent a drop of Mercury - it's basically become... Continue Reading →