Divine Love

Where is the mercy hiding for you?

This morning brought an opportunity to see yet another way I was compartmentalizing what I see as the presence of God in my life. I was in a blissful state of remembrance, writing statements of gratitude to Allah when an annoying message popped up on my phone. Let’s just say, my response was not the …continue reading…

The Importance of Community When Making Life Changes

Sometimes the decision to turn your whole heart to God makes it’s harder to fit in with the old hang out buddies. Sometimes it feels like you’re being left behind. When they are making plans to have fun and not calling you, it hurts. Let me be totally transparent – I’m writing from my own …continue reading…

Living Face to Face with God in Each Moment

Living Face to Face with God in Each Moment

The heart of the Sufi is the heart who loves God, the one who longs to be one with the Breath of Life Itself. The Sufi Saint Rabi’a al-Adawiyya once said: “Oh Allah, I do not worship You out of greed for Your Paradise, or out of fear of Your Hell. I worship You for …continue reading…

Loving through the Fear

Loving through the Fear

Have you ever felt like someone you care about was making mistakes that could cause them harm? These situations can bring up a lot of fear. And that fear can turn the situation ugly despite your positive intentions. The other person might think you’re judging, controlling or criticizing. They may not be able to hear …continue reading…

Kicking off 2016 with Abundance, Meaning & Healing

Kicking off 2016 with Abundance, Meaning & Healing

Happy New Year to you! This is the time of year when many people set intentions and make resolutions – or sometimes rebel against the whole concept of resolutions. In either case, we’re not wasting any time. We are here to help you step into the life you are called to live – every day …continue reading…

2015 in Review – Gratitude for Community, Service & Grace

As we enter into the final week of 2015, we’ve been reflecting on some of the events and accomplishments of this year, and we are filled with gratitude! Gratitude to The One deserving of all praise, and to you for your love and support. Here are a few of the things we have to be …continue reading…

Gifts of Gratitude for your day of Thanksgiving

Gifts of Gratitude for your day of Thanksgiving

Want to catch you early, so tomorrow you can be with family, hopefully having a wonderful time. I want to share with you a couple of reasons to make every day a day of Thanksgiving, as well as every meal. This world we live in can sometimes be an intense place. It’s easy to get …continue reading…

Update on Sidi & Calls with Amany & Fawzia

Update on Sidi & Calls with Amany & Fawzia

You may have heard by now – our beloved guide, Sidi, made his transition back to Allah on Wednesday around 2:30pm US Pacific time. I have messages to share with you from our Co-Presidents, Kamila Shenmen and Salima Adelstein: Sidi’s funeral will be today, Friday, November 13, 2015, in Hayward, CA. For information about Sidi’s …continue reading…

Grateful hearts gather and overflow

Grateful hearts gather and overflow

I’ve just returned home from a beautiful weekend retreat at the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center in Pope Valley, California – the center where the USHS classes are held. The weekend was intended to be a time to sit with our guide, Sidi, and say farewell before he leaves the US to head back to Jerusalem for …continue reading…

The Grateful Dead had it right too…

As we’re preparing for a new Year 1 class to begin, I was thinking about the weeks before my first school session. Of course there’s a story! It makes me smile and bow my heart in gratitude every time I think about it. At the time, I was working for IBM in Austin. My friend …continue reading…