Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Poem Called “What Does It Mean To Be Wild”

texas wild flowers by ljmacphee, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  ljmacphee 

 
What does it mean to be wild, what does wild mean to me
It means to be as free as free can be, without a care in the world
It means to be fearless, and live life as if there is no tomorrow
It means that true beauty is truly undefined, 
it can be whatever you want it to be
It means you say whatever you feel loudly and proudly.

What does it mean to be wild, what does wild mean to me
It means that you live your life by your definition of success
It means to love passionately with all your heart
It means to follow your dreams without inhibition
It means to be yourself no matter what.

What does it mean to be wild, what does wild mean to me
It means to believe in yourself when no one else will
It means to fight for what you believe in
It means to ignore the popular trends, and follow your own
It means to never give up or give in.

What does it mean to be wild, what does wild mean to me
It means to never settle for less
It means to always believe that you’re the best
It means to be anything you want to be
It means to follow your heart, and let it guide you.

What does it mean to be wild, what does wild mean to me
It means to live your life on your own terms
It means to be you, and never let anyone define you
Well at least that’s what wild means to me
 What does it mean to you?

By Aminah Ahmed

“What Does It Mean To Be Wild”, was inspired by India Arie’s interview with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday. The lesson that I learned from India is that you have to live your life, and not let other people live their life through you. 




Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day, Meditation Challenge & Help The Victims Of The Typhoon.


In today’s blog post we will cover:

  • Veterans Day
  • Meditation challenge
  • Meditation: The myths, & benefits 
  • How to help the victims of the typhoon  

    Happy Veterans Day & Thank You, to our veterans for their service to our country!
    In honor of Veterans day, I have included links to free meals and ways to give back to our veterans!


    Meditation challenge


    Starting Monday November 11, The 21- Day Meditation Challenge (As if Nanowrimo is not enough), is 21 days of mindfulness and inspiration. Its free to register and sign up, the theme for this challenge is “Desire and Destiny is a 3-week meditation journey toward living with passion and abundance! Uncover your creative brilliance, connect with your deepest desires, and tap into your pure potential.” Anyone can participate, even if you have been meditating for a while or you have always wanted to meditate this is a great opportunity to develop a regular meditation practice. To sign up and register go to The 21-Day Meditation Challenge.


    Meditation: The myths, & benefits


     There are many myths and misconceptions about meditation, to learn the truth behind the myths go to 7 Myths of meditation.

    There are many benefits to meditation:
    "Researchers have found that meditation lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, reduces stress, improves sleep, and makes it easier to lose weight," - Dr. Chopra. 

    Go to What meditation is, and its benefits to learn more.



            “Whenever you step out of the noise of thinking, that is meditation, and a different state of consciousness arises.” - Eckhart Tolle


    On November 8th a massive typhoon hit the Philippines, please keep our brothers and sisters in the Philippines in your prayers. To learn more about what you can do to help please go to





    Saturday, November 2, 2013

    Daylight Savings, Solar eclipse, Prayer and The Islamic new year!

    annular solar eclipse by kubotake, on Flickr
    Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  kubotake 

     In a few hours daylight savings time will end (Sunday November 3, at 2 am), and you will get one extra hour of sleep (oh yeah).
    As they say it’s time to fall back, so don’t forget to set your clock back one hour!

    Not only is the time going to change, but there will also be a solar eclipse.

    Here are a few tips, if you want to check out the eclipse.

    1.    What parts of the world will see it?
    The East Coast (USA),as well as northern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East and sections Africa.

    2.    What time will it take place?
          …6:38 a.m. EST. The moon will move off the sun’s disc by 7:10 a.m., according to Geoff Chester, an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory.

    3.    Viewing instructions
    Don’t look directly at the sun, instead you need a pinhole camera.

    5.    Resources
           Solar eclipse
     How to make a solar eclipse viewer

     On a spiritual note the eclipse is a special time to remember Allah: The Prophet Muhammad (swt) said,
    "When you see the eclipse, remember Allah and say takbir, pray and give Sadaqah." [Bukhari, 2:154]

    The eclipse prayer:

    * Stand up for prayer as normal, and make your intention for the eclipse prayer.
    * Recite Qur'an as you normally would.
    * Go into Rukoo' [bow] and prolong the rukoo' with duas [prayers].
    * Stand up and recite Qur'an again.
    * Go into Rukoo [bow] again and prolong the rukoo' with duas but not as long as the first rukoo'.
    * Stand up and then go into sujood [prostration] and prolong the sujood with duas.
    * Sit up straight.
    * Go into sujood again and prolong it [but not as long as the first sujood].
    * Repeat the above steps for the second raka'a [second unit of prayer]. [Bukhari, 2.154]

    In addition on Sunday night at sunset the Islamic new year will begin.
    The first month on the Islamic calendar is Muharram 1435, may Allah(God) bless you, and your family for the new year!