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More offerings for 2014
Jan 3rd - 12th, 2014 at a beautiful hilltop site near Petaluma:
A 10-day Sufi retreat combining silent Meditation, Dances of Universal Peace, sacred Walking concentrations and Zikr – led by Pir Shabda, Murshid Wali Ali, Leilah Be, Rahmat Moore and Gayan Long. Flyer and registration here
♥ THE SUFI PATH OF AWAKENING: A 5-day interactive retreat in San Rafael with Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher . The program, from Tuesday, January 28th to Sunday, February 2nd 2014, will consist of teachings from Taj and Gayan, meditation, spiritual practice, periods of silence, inquiry practice in dyads and triads, song, dance, Zikr and fun. Complete information and online registration here.
♥ 20th Annual MEXICO SUFI CAMP will be held January 4 - 11, 2014. Come join us – dance, learn and grow with Asha, Atum and friends at a warm and wonderful retreat on a beautiful beach where the jungle meets the sea.
♥ Advance registration is now open for the Aramaic Easter Retreat with Murshid Saadi in April 2014, near Healdsburg. Likely to fill up, don't miss it!
♥ 2014 Summer Sufi Camp dates: Mendo July 20-27 (Youth Retreat precedes), Silent Retreat w/ Taj Inayat & friends 7/27-7/31, Santa Cruz Sufi camp 8/22-24. East Bay campout will be in August, dates TBA. For full camp information as it becomes available, visit GoldenGateSufi.org.
Celebrating your life, planning for your death: a new Sufi series
Khushi Tanveer writes -- "Dear Friends on the Journey,
"It might have been 2006 when I had the inspiration to start the Remembrance Project on-line, creating a virtual Sufi cemetery with pictures and memories of mureeds in the Inayati Orders who have transitioned into the unseen realms. Over the past 7 years, this site has been a repository for people to remember their friends, teachers, and family.
"What I have noticed about the memories is that they rarely capture the essence and significance of the lives well lived. Those who have passed on have not written about themselves, and thus we are left with incomplete stories of our dear ones.
"How often have you attended a memorial service only to learn so many new things about the departed one, and thought, 'if I only knew!'.
"This started me thinking about having a group where we could spend some focused time contemplating the milestones of our lives, the things that we might want to have others know about us. We could consider what soul qualities we came into this life with, significant moments, the people and events that shaped our lives, how we have impacted our world, etc. We would then take turns sharing our stories with the group, and these stories would help to form our obituaries.
"Recently when our dear friend Gwen died, and going through her dying process with her, I realized that there is so much we could each do to be prepared for our own death. I saw that the more one is prepared for the inevitable, the easier it is on those who end up handling the details of our lives after weíre gone. If nothing else, itís a profound act of compassion towards those who will have the responsibilities of carrying out our wishes, taking care of our financial business, and disposing of our possessions.
"Thus came the second dimension of the group. Planning for our death. This includes getting our advanced health directives together, powers of attorney, writing our wills, deciding on our executors. Figuring out burial instructions, our memorial service. Clearing out our junk. Making a list of who should be notified. All the things which only we can do.
"Imagine doing all of this now, with the support of a group, and then being able to relax and enjoy all of the minutes and hours and days and months and years that comprise the rest of our lives. Doing this now when we are not stressed out about dire health issues, endless medical appointments, etc; when there is no time or inclination to do much of anything except living in the present moment.
"If this strikes a chord with you, consider joining the group. We will meet once a month, at a place and time determined by the participants. Each meeting will involve working on one of the logistical details of preparing for death, and also doing some writing of our life stories. There will be time for discussion as issues present themselves. After a few months, members will begin to present their stories to the group, one person per session. The groupís duration will be determined by the number of participants.
"Cost for the group will be $20 per session, or $150 for 10 sessions, payable in a lump sum. The group will commence in February, 2014.
"For further information, comments, or to sign up, please contact me at email@example.com.
"Iím excited about the formation of this group, and look forward to journeying together.
"Love and Blessings, Khushi"
NEW: SUFIYOUTH.COM! The fabulous young adult leaders in the Sufi Ruhaniat International have created an excellent youth website section, sharing who they are, upcoming youth activities and much more. Check it out!
RECORDINGS NOW ONLINE from the 2013 Federation of the Sufi Message gathering,"River of Guidance through the Streams of the Message". Teachings and practices from the various Sufi groups in the global lineage and transmission of Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Special Offerings of Devi Mathieu:
New CD offered by our friend Gayan Macher
Gayan, whom you may have met at Mendocino camp this year or last, writes -- "Dear Friends, it's a pleasure to tell you about the completion of my new CD, I'll Give You My Wings -- sound track for the spiritual journey.
"These are a compilation of original songs written over the last three years, plus a new rendition of "Promise of the Dawn"óa poem of Hazrat Inayat Khanís set to music. All the songs are guided by the light of Sufism. I hope they will bring you inspiration and warmth.
"I invite you to visit the new web site GayanMusic.com where you can sample the songs, and find all the lyrics. Also on the web site is a blog entitled: "Portals to the Divine" which includes poems, movie and music recommendations, and reflections.
"The intent of my music and these portals are the same: to offer artistic channels of connection to what Rumi calls the 'almond cake' -- that which reveals lifeís meaning, and without which life becomes dry and burdensome."
to Bhavani Judith Tucker's Sonoma County Devotional Music Events
Sufi links to visit online:
By the power of prayer one opens the door of the heart, in which God,
the ever-forgiving, the all-merciful, abides.
Sufis call this process "unlearning" when applied to acts or
knowledge having no moral quality and "penitence" when applied to acts or
knowledge having some moral significance. It is the awakening of heart which removes sins and burdens. Consequently there is no forgiveness without repentance; even God cannot touch the unrepentant until given the opportunity. At least so the Universe operates. While the love of God is beyond analysis, it always produces a maximum of harmony and beauty in life.