Dear Rumi…Do I have free will?

By |2019-12-18T20:33:31+11:00June 27th, 2014|

Dear Rumi ... Do I have Free Will?     Do I have free will and choice in life, or is it all predetermined? What do "acceptance" and "surrender" mean in real life? Rumi Calendar Series - Response to the June Question This is an age old unanswered question which Rumi says will never be

Dear Rumi…Why am I here? Tell me about work and life purpose

By |2019-10-31T14:48:27+11:00May 29th, 2014|

Rumi tells us that yes there is a reason we are here and we do have a true purpose. “Someone said: ‘I have neglected that true purpose.’ Rumi replied: When this thought enters a person’s mind and they criticize themselves, saying, ‘What am I about, and why do I do these things?’ When this happens, it is a sure sign that the person is actually loved and cared for. ‘Love continues so long as reprimands continue,’ said the poet. We may reprimand our friends, but we never reprimand a stranger.” ~Rumi [1]

Dear Rumi…what is true happiness?

By |2019-10-31T11:57:16+11:00February 28th, 2014|

Rumi Calendar – Response to the February Question What is true happiness? Is it something to attain? Should I peruse it? If yes, how? If not, then how can I be happy? Rumi guides us to look for the answer inside our question. We are asking what “true” happiness is. This implies that “false” happiness should

Achievement by presence: you cannot make halva if you are not home

By |2019-09-25T20:52:52+10:00February 15th, 2014|

Nasreddin (or Nasrudin) is a satirical Sufi figure who is believed to have lived around the 13th century. A contemporary of Rumi; Nasreddin was a populist philosopher and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. Today, I'd like to share with you one of Nasreddin's stories in relation to the wisdom of achieving our true resolutions more effectively by being present.

Six Steps to Living in the Moment

By |2019-10-13T09:31:26+11:00February 3rd, 2014|

Following form the last post asking Rumi about time and presence; about living in the now; here are six steps that would help you understand this paradoxical  practice a little deeper and at a more practical level. In The Art of Now: Six Step to Living in the Moment Jay Dixit explains mindfulness  in a fresh, practical

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