Inspiration of the Month – Expire Your Troubles

No matter how ‘so-so’ or challenging your year has been, you have the ability to make it end peacefully and enlightening. Change your perspective and go out with a bang! Put an expiration date on your troubles, starting NOW.

An Interview with Rumi – the great Spiritual Master and Poetical Genius

I recently took notice of a fabulously exhaustive and highly readable new book on Afghanistan, “The Wars in Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts and the Failures of Great Power” by Peter Tomsen.

While thumbing through Tomsen’s inviting tomb of knowledge, I noticed a reference to the now-deceased Afghan poet Rumi, considered by many to be one of the greatest spiritual masters and poetical geniuses ever.  Well … I had to learn more. I’ve been so impressed with Rumi that I decided it would be fun to share some of his thoughts via an imaginary interview. Here goes … my imaginary interview with Rumi.

1.       Love is so powerful and important to our wellbeing and for the world. How do you bring love in your life? 

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

2.       How do you reconcile life’s contradictions?

“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”

3.       What advice would you give to someone going through a hard time?

“When you go through a hard period,
When everything seems to oppose you,
… When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute,
Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”

4.       How do you deal with annoying distractions?

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”

5.       What do you think is one of the most important things for people to know about happiness?

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

6.       How do you release stress?

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

7.       What should we all know about experiences that hurt us?

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

8.       What do you say to people with big dreams and ideas?

“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”

Holiday Cookies

This is the season we put our diets on hold and indulge in yummy Holiday treats. They’re so easy to make. Every Holiday season, my mom made her famous Gossmar cookies (German gingerbread cookies). I absolutely love these gingerbread cookies because they are delicious, low fat and soft. For me, Gossmar gingerbread cookies are better than the traditional crispy gingerbread cookies.


1 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ tspn ground ginger or cayenne pepper

½ tspn all-spice

¼ tspn cloves

¼ tspn cardamom

2/3 stick (1/3 cup) butter, softened

1/3 cup molasses

¼ cup brown sugar


Medium bowl – whisk flour, dry ingredients

Large bowl – cream butter w/mixer on medium speed

Add molasses and brown sugar, beat until combined

Refrigerate 1 hour

Bake 375 degrees, 5-6 min

Note: cookies should be slightly under-cooked and soft