Life Purpose

Going 'round again...

Going ’round again…

  The Sufi poet, Jalal id-Din Rumi said, “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round again in another form.”     The grief today is mine. This is my final week writing to you as host of the newsletter and blog. It has been an honor and pleasure serving the USHS community over the past …continue reading…

She asked, and she received!

She asked, and she received!

  Today’s message comes from Mary Halima Fleming, Muqaddam Murabbi Ruhi, a beautiful beloved, teacher and community leader from Fort Lauderdale. FROM HALIMA: After trying sixteen different careers, trying to find my purpose for myself and the truth of who I was and why I’m here on this earth, I wrote a letter. It said, …continue reading…

Hug a Tree. Bless the Waters. Shine Your Light!

Hug a Tree. Bless the Waters. Shine Your Light!

Tomorrow is Earth Day, a day to remember the Earth Mother of Divine Compassion that we have been born into for this sacred journey. Allah gives us everything we need to live the life we are meant to live here, to learn what we’ve come here to learn, to fulfill the purpose we have come …continue reading…

The Real-Life Game of Chutes and Ladders

The Real-Life Game of Chutes and Ladders

Did you ever play the game Chutes and Ladders when you were a youngster? When we’re young, it seems like a fun friendly game with a relatively low level of competition. We’re striving to reach the finish line, hoping to land at the ladders and climb ahead, and praying to avoid the chutes that drop …continue reading…

Preparing to Answer the Call in Your Heart

Preparing to Answer the Call in Your Heart

Just today, I was speaking with a new friend. You might relate to her story. She has known all her life that there is more to this existence than the mundane physical reality. And with all that is happening in the world today, she can no longer deny her awareness of a greater existence. She …continue reading…

Song of the Love Dogs

Song of the Love Dogs

Do you have a song in your heart? Perhaps a love song for your Beloved? Every human heart experiences some sense of separation, and in the separation brews a yearning that draws us to that for which we yearn. It is the connection that we seek. Sometimes we sense the absence, and we feel the …continue reading…

Only 16 days left in 2016!  What?

Only 16 days left in 2016! What?

Wow!  You may have been hearing that time is speeding up.  Seems entirely true when you realize there are only 16 days left in this year – counting today!  Where did it go? At the beginning of 2016, we offered a class on Setting Foundations for a Meaningful Life – a formula for living a …continue reading…

Explore. Dream. Discover. Dare to be YOU!

Explore. Dream. Discover. Dare to be YOU!

  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain   Have you ever missed an opportunity and …continue reading…

Standing on solid ground when the earth is shifting

Standing on solid ground when the earth is shifting

  A mentor recently advised me to put myself into the shoes of the people I’m writing to before I begin to write.  Trying to imagine this today, all I could do was cry.  My whole body felt tight like trying to squeeze into a spandex body suit that might have fit when I was …continue reading…

All Roads Lead to Home

All Roads Lead to Home

As some of you may know if you saw my emergency prayer request late last night, my father’s partner had emergency open heart surgery this morning. Her health has been quite frail for some time, and there was a debate as to whether going into surgery would be a longer lease on life or the …continue reading…