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With a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree (Goucher College, August 2014), I am looking at a new phase in my life. From 1992 to 2009, I served as Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House, a residence for homeless women living with AIDS. I left this position when Chronic Migraine Disease overtook my ability to do my job. Now I hope that a writing career will both accommodate the migraines and give me a creative, productive outlet. And soon, September 4, I will launch my Inkshares author page in a bid to hit the 1,000 pre-order goal in 90  days. The book I want to publish is "Nowhere Else I Want to Be," a memoir of ten of my years at Miriam's House.

03 July 2011

Remembering God

"If you pass by the gardens of those who remember God, sit down happily."  Prophet Muhammad


I have realized that I need to take especial care of my health and my spirit during the month of July.  The heat and humidity of Washington, DC are again taking a toll on me, as the migraines both increase and become harder to bear.  And - what is good news albeit poor timing - we'll be moving by the end of the month.

So I shall take the month of July off from this blog.  It is essential that, in the midst of the packing and planning, ill health and pain, I ensure that I have the space and time to sit down happily in the gardens of God.

I will begin to post again during August, 2011.

May you enjoy tranquility and gentle challenge this month.

5 comments:

  1. Carol,
    My favorite Baha'i prayer I shall say for you while you pack, plan and persevere.

    "Thy name is my healing, O' my God
    and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.
    Nearness to Thee is my hope
    and love for Thee is my companion.
    Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in this world and the world to come."

    with love, Judy

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  2. Thank you, Judy - such a beautiful prayer. The Muslim faith also speaks of the remembrance of God (Allah), with a prayer that is chanted and that loosely translates to "I begin in the name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate." I love the concept of remembrance (dikh, in Arabic) and will also treasure your prayer.

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  3. Enjoy your break Carol. I found your blog through Migrainista, and it is wonderful. I'll leave you with a few words from a Buddhist mystic that I heard on one of Tara Brach's talks:

    "Your constant flight from pain and search for pleasure is a sign of the love you bear for yourself; all I plead with you is this: make love of yourself perfect."

    -- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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  4. Sue - it's good to get to know you! Thank you for the quote above. I have read Tara's book on Buddhism, and have also attended some of the meditation sessions and heard her dharma talks.

    I look forward to checking out your blog.

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  5. Thanks for such a nice article... We should always remember God...

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