Soaking a Sponge in Honey

If you soak a sponge in honey, you squeeze it and honey comes out. If you soak a sponge in vinegar, you squeeze it and vinegar comes out. David Nichtern A student sent me a message letting me know that our school food pantry was working with Miami Rescue Mission collecting women’s sport’s wear along… Continue reading Soaking a Sponge in Honey

I’m Muslim

Kindness and goodness are universal values that we can strengthen through practice.

Categorized as Speech

Permission for Ease

Asking ourselves what we need right now to be at ease is a simple and powerful practice to undo stress and tension that bogs us down.

The Gap

Between Muspell and Niflheim was a void, an empty place of nothingness, without form. So begins a Norse myth of creation as told by Neil Gaiman. The gap between these two places, one of intense cold and the other of fire and heat was called the Ginnungagap. This story became a grounding for our fall… Continue reading The Gap

National Symbols and Sensitivities

Remembering Elie Wiesel on his birthday–beautiful reminder, a timely one. “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race,… Continue reading National Symbols and Sensitivities

Look What I Found!


I walked to water the garden and noticed our banana plant getting ready to produce some very sweet fruit. It’s taken years for this plant to do this. We don’t use chemical fertilizers! As I admired the beauty, not just of the plant but of the whole process of bearing fruit, I could not help… Continue reading Look What I Found!

A Fuck Budget


Earlier this summer I watched a short Ted Talk on not giving a fuck. It was a great speech on decluttering the mind by realizing there is a limited amount of mental energy we have to expend on the things we do in our daily life. Sarah Knight, the speaker, described the importance of determining… Continue reading A Fuck Budget

Categorized as Mind, Speech