Happiness in a minor key

  How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false and true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. (from When You Are Old, by William Butler Yeats)   To see the pilgrim soul of another person, to love […]

Patience

‘In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. By the time! Surely man is in loss, Except those who believe and do good, and      exhort one another to Truth, and exhort one another to patience.’ This beautiful line, from the Quran (103, Surah Al-‘Asr), really struck a chord with me when I heard […]

Our frame of mind

  It is day three of the retreat, and I’m feeling settled into the daily routine of sitting meditation, walking meditation, cooking lunch for the group, and a walk after dinner along the river nearby. My mind is calmer than when I first arrived, but with greater calmness comes increased clarity, and by day three […]