[Philippians 4:4-9, NASV]
The Mevlevi tradition teaches us the same. In The Rumi Daybook, we read how Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) was once asked how to avoid the wrath of God. Jesus replied that when you feel the urge to complain, give thanks instead. Exaggerate your gratitude. He didn’t say difficult circumstances would necessarily change. What he said was that, by showing gratitude, you will generate love. And this generating love is an act of Creation. This is an act of Healing. This is an act of Power. In this act, may we fly.
And for those who don’t “feel” it? There’s no need to despair, no need to lash out at oneself and succumb. Give thanks anyway. Because even in giving false thanks, Allah sees it as an act through which we are seeking Hu’s love. Yes, we will land…but unlike Hodja’s unfortunate donkey, we will do so safely in the tender arms of the Most Compassionate Beyond All Measuring of Compassion, the Most Merciful Beyond All Measuring of Mercy.
~ Joseph Simpson lives with his family in Morehead, Kentucky. He turned up on the Helminskis’ doorstep one day in 2015.
Kindness is not found in anything except that it beautifies it,
and it is not removed from anything except that it disgraces it.
We welcome your reflections on this theme.
Rumi’s Circle annual UK Urs celebrations will be taking place this year with Latif Bolat and Zeliha Akdan. More details will be posted on the website next week but save the dates in the meantime!
Fri Dec 9: Manchester
Sun Dec 11: Bradford
Sat Dec 17: London
Threshold Canada will be hosting Urs celebrations in Vancouver and Toronto, more details on Facebook soon.
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From the Sacred Feminine gathering in Kendal
We had a phenomenal gathering in Kendal last month, honouring our teacher, Shaikha Camille, and the Sacred Feminine. We will be making the audio from the talks available soon but Beth Hin’s talks are already available:
Friday: Opening Address
Saturday: The Eternal Rose
We also have some initial reflections on the weekend here.
with keynote speaker Elizabeth Anne Hin of the White Rose Foundation
Dec 9: Manchester, UK. Rumi’s Circle Urs celebration, more details soon.
Dec 11: Bradford, UK. Rumi’s Circle Urs celebration, more details soon.
Dec 17: London, UK. Rumi’s Circle Urs celebration, more details soon.
Dec 17: Toronto & Vancouver, Canada. Urs celebration, more details soon.
Dec 13-17: Konya/Ankara, Turkey. Shaikh Kabir will speak at the Celebrations for Rumi’s Urs. Other guests include Cemalnur Sargut & Omid Safi. (K)
Feb 24-26: San Francisco, US. Mercy Center Retreat. (KC)
May 5-9: Paradise Island, Bahamas. Meditation Symposium at the Sivananda Ashram. Sivananda.org (KC)
July 7-9: Whistler, Canada. Annual Retreat British Columbia, deep in nature, following Ramadan. (KC)
Events with Sh. Kabir and Sh. Camille marked (KC)
Words from the East
~ Shaikha Camille Adams Helminski ~
“Tell my people
this world is a reflection for them
of My Voice,
vibration made visible …
‘Be’ and the world began.
Humanity suffers in separation …
draw back the veil.
Be still, and know that I am God;
then listen, then taste
with the whole of yourself
and every impulse you receive
will be the Name of God”.
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