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October 10: Leyla, Ankara

Leyla is a pathfinder, a pioneer, a strong woman with a powerful vision.  And someone with whom I was clearly led to connect.  Some of you know the story – a friend in Seattle introduced me to Leyla – “You must connect with Leyla, she said, she is a psychologist in Turkey who works with […]

October 7: Cemalnur, Istanbul

Cemalnur Sargut is a beautiful spirit.  Look into her eyes and you see vitality, wisdom, compassion, and her love for Allah.  Cemalnur is a Sufi spiritual teacher.  She teaches that Islam is unification and that Sufism is the way to weave together all the differences in the world.   She uses a symbol for beautiful – placing […]

October 4: Alison, Istanbul

Greetings from Istanbul! As we prepare today to leave this fascinating place  – with its grand mosques, historical palace, amazing grand bazaar and  – – – Ah, yes – – the spice market – – a feast of sights and smells  – – an early morning provides me the opportunity to  share some experiences with  […]

Five Minutes a Day

Awakened by the morning call to prayer, I am savoring the luxury, pure luxuries of feeling no need to “turn off the alarm and rush off to begin my day.” Instead, what a joy to just “be,” to be with the sense of wonder that I can look out the window of our cozy (small) […]

A Journey of a Thousand Miles

Greetings all, and Welcome to the Creating a New Story Blog! “A trip of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” We launch this Blog in the context of this quote of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, (c 604 bc – c 531 bc), Chapter 64 in Tao Te Ching.   (translations from Wiktionary) The “trip” […]