Seed of Inspiration
Each Saturday we will bring you a reading from different religious, spiritual, or philosophical tradition that continues in the spirit of the Women's March. Although many of you may be Christians who have signed up to scatter seeds as your Lenten discipline, our strong commitment to hear women of all faiths and of no faith is vital to our progress as intersectional feminists.
This Spiritual Saturday, we will be reading a scripture passage from the Muslim tradition. Next week, we will share a seed from a different tradition. Whether or not your are of the featured tradition, we invite you to simply meditate on the seed with an open mind and heart.
- Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit and read.
- Take a minute to center yourself, mindfully noticing the sounds and sensations around you. Follow your breath.
- Read the passage below silently and very slowly to yourself.
- Now, close your eyes and take a few minutes to meditate on the passage you read. Do not attempt to decode the "true meaning" of the passage -- simply ponder how the words are speaking to you, what they make you feel, and/or what they might mean to you.
- Very slowly read the passage below again a second time, but this time, read it out loud.
- Close your eyes and sit for several minutes more in silent meditation, noticing which words or phrases seem to echo in the air or stick in your mind.
- Close your meditation by thanking yourself for taking the time to plant a seed of peace within yourself, and in turn, in the world.
Sahih Muslim Book 32
Abu Huraira reported that a person came to Allah,'s Messenger (Peace be upon him) and said:
Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from my hand?
He said: Your mother.
He again said: Then who (is the next one)?
He said: Again, it is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you).
He said: Then who (is the next one)?
He (the Holy Prophet) said: Again, it is your mother.
He (again) said: Then who?
Thereupon he said: Then it is your father.
Seed of Action
Today, scatter one more of the following seeds below to combat Islamophobia:
- Inform yourself and others by reading this article "How Muslim Women Bear the Brunt of Islamophobia" and then share it with others.
- If you are an American Muslim, click here and read reccomendations from CAIR on how you can combat Islamophobia.
- If you are of Jewish faith, take a few minutes explore the website for the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI), a project of Jewish Voice for Peace.
- If you are Jewish or Muslim, sign up to get information about hosting a Halaqa-Seder.
- If you're an educator or you'd like to learn more about Islam yourself, explore the Islamic Networks Group's Educator Curriculum.
- If you are not a Muslim and you belong to a faith community, talk to your pastor, rabbi, or other faith leader about having a Imam from a neighboring mosque come and speak to your community or hosting an interfaith Iftar so that you can learn more about Islam and develop a relationship with Muslims in your community.
- Check out the Islamic Networks Group (ING) website. They will help arrange speakers or panels for colleges, schools, and civic groups or cultural diversity seminars for educators, law inforcement officers, HR departments, and healthcare professionals.
- Continue to pester your representatives about the Executive Order banning travel from Muslim majority nations by calling, emailing, or mailing them a letter today!
Self Care Sundays
We have designated Sundays as your day off from marching for an intentional self-care practice of your choosing, so you will not receive an email tomorrow. Those of Jewish faith or with conflicting schedules may wish to take Saturday off instead, which is always okay; simply swap Saturdays and Sundays.
Self-care suggestions will be tacked on to each Saturday's post for your day off, but what's most important is not that you take up the self-care suggestion given, but that you commit to carve out time to do something that is life-giving and restorative on your day off.
Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort. -- Deborah Day
For self-care this Sunday, dance! Dancing has the power to change your mood faster than anything else. It's exercise, it's music therapy, and it's tons of fun -- all rolled into one! So we're going to give you the most AMA-zing dance instructional video to get you started. This is the Dance Marshall's Cardio Concert to empowering female artist, Meghan Trainor's song, "Me Too." It is impossible to try to dance along with this video and not smile. ;-)
We estimate 31,076 seeds have been scattered so far! Way to scatter!
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I will have limited access to internet today, so please forgive me if I'm not quick to respond!
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And above all, scatter with love!