Email: Grandma’s birthday. Loves Sufi music, flowers. (Pakistan)
Sufism is defined as Islamic mysticism, devotion to the divine, an esoteric dimension of Islam to feel closer to God. There is not in horizons, beyond the horizons or below the horizons anyone more elegant, more noble, more knowing, more just, more fearless, more compassionate. He’s the leader of all created beings – TheOne.
From 13-16th centuries, Sufism produced a flourishing intellectual, musical culture, a ‘Golden Age‘. Turkey, Persia were the main musical centres. Qawwali, devotional music of the Sufis was inspired by beautiful works of Sufi poets – Rumi, Hafiz, Bulleh Shah, Amir Khusrow, Khwaja Ghulam Farid.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a legendary Pakistani vocalist, protagonist of sufi music. Passionate, profound.
Email: Dad’s working 3 jobs. No time for sister & me. We hide & cry. (US)
Hey D, S,
Really touched by your sweet, heartfelt note. Empathetic. Very brave of you to reach out, just 15. Great to know both of you love animals & the NBA, as well. As you’re aware, we’re facing unprecedented times, tough challenges both personally, professionally due to Covid-19. Right now, just trust, support dad’s decisions, go with the flow. Think, he’s trying his best to protect, provide for the family.
Communicate with parents, share thoughts whichever way possible – talk, text, scribble, sing, paint, draw, make a video, write an old-fashioned letter! Alternatively, speak with family members like grand-parents, teachers, school counsellors. Ensures you’re well understood for a joyous outcome. Usually, parents are happy to make simple re-adjustments, re-prioritisations.
Sometimes, it’s absolutely OK to cry, to feel sad. Perfectly natural. I do exactly the same when feeling unhappy! But, when it rains, we look for the rainbows, when it’s dark, we look for the stars! Keep smiling…
Cafe Terrace At Night & Starry Night Over The Rhone are most famous Van Gogh paintings. Henri Dutilleux’s orchestral work Timbres, Espace, Movement is subtitled La Nuit Etoile (The Starry Night). Einojuhani Rautavaara wrote an opera on Van Gogh’s life – Vincent. Symphony No. 6, 1st movement is titled Starry Night.
Email: Keen to start a blog. What kind of initial emotions do bloggers feel? (US)
OMG. OK. It’s such a deeply personal experience, quite difficult to put into words or generalise. Usually, the range of sensitive emotions vary from feeling ‘not good enough’, ‘risk of creative criticism, parallel comparisons, failure to measure up to expectations’.
However, with a blend of passion, purpose, playfulness we can mostly manage critical self-talk, practice positivity & self-compassion. It’s important to believe we write because we just can’t not write! A clear ethos for the blog helps. Realistically, it’s essential to find inherent joy, balance, gratitude, inspiration in writing. Worth keeping expectations of content validation as low as possible. Good writing is simple, natural. An intuitive, infinite, incredible way of creative self-expression. All the best.