Feeling overworked, stressed and overwhelmed? Take a break and try out the Chocolate Meditation. Choose some chocolate—either a type that you’ve never tried before or one that you have not eaten recently. It might be dark and flavorsome,organic or fair-trade or whatever you choose. The important thing is to choose…

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A wise man once sat in the audience & cracked a joke. All laughed like crazy. After a moment he cracked the same joke again and a little less people laughed this time. He cracked the same joke again & again, When there was no laughter in the crowd, he…

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Fear is a theme that I have touched time and again on this blog. I recently heard this excellent documentary-podcast on the Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San, keeps appearing in the press now and again for being under house-arrest. But being historically-illiterate I had no idea why she was…

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Picture taken without permission from the Boston Globe The Big Picture A dear friend (Navaid Alam) has written this well-expressed article on Ramadhan, that was selected by The Hindu (a leading national newspaper) for publishing in it’s Open Page. This has been re-published here without his permission, (hopefully he won’t…

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“O Allah, do not try me by letting me resort to other than You when being compelled, not submit to other than You when being poor and not invoke other than You when being frightened lest I will deserve, by that, Your humiliation and Your turning away from me.” –…

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One of my more favourite verses of the Quran is when it commands us to speak and act justly even if it be against your community, your parents, even yourself. The exact verse is: 4:135 O you who believe! Be maintainers of justice, bearers of witness of Allah’s sake, though…

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I so love Sufic Tales and Poems. These are words that have been born in a realm other than ours and tease us as to what lies beyond. Reading these sayings provides one with a delectable taste of the spiritual pleasures that a Sufi experiences. One of the best Sufic…

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This comic was adapted from one of Khalil Gibran’s short stories. Human beings have a tendency is to identify themselves with their thoughts, feelings and emotions, ending up creating a false self image of themselves to define who they are. If we can meditate at our inner Universe like an…

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