Whisper

“God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open.”  Hazrat Inayat Khan as quoted in The Book Of Awakening by Mark Nepo. I’ve been battling the urge to write a post since George Michael’s death on Christmas Day.  Carless Whisper is my all time favorite song ever, the song that I […]

Going The Distance

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”  Mahatma Gandhi. I don’t know why, but I’m still surprised when over 4 years into my running journey, I still have little epiphanies on my run.  I had one this past Saturday.  My NYC marathon schedule had 14 miles on it for Saturday, which was […]

Marriage the Marathon – One Marathon and One Year Later.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  Barack Obama. One year ago today, I posted Marriage the Marathon, in which I compared the ups and downs of training […]

When Doves Cry

“Why do we scream at each other… This is what it sounds like….When doves cry.”  Prince “Honey I know times are changing…It’s time we all reach out for something new….That means you too….You say you want a leader…But you can’t seem to make up your mind…. I think you better close it….And let me guide […]

Freeze

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson My brother-in-law recently texted me a picture from my New York trip that he had taken of my younger two kids walking with my niece, each holding her hand.  Inadvertently, he had also captured my oldest and […]

Feel

“When we numb the dark, we numb the light….there’s no such thing as selective emotional numbing….when we lose our tolerance for discomfort, we lose joy.”  Brene Brown, from The Gifts Of Imperfection. If you read my last post Next Chapter, then you know that I said that I was going to change direction…that I was […]

Next Chapter

“Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.”  Marty Rubin. Grab a box of tissues, just in case.  While you’re at it, pour yourself a nice full-bodied glass of Syrah, or if you’re not into that, brew yourself a steaming ginger chamomile tea.  If you’re in the middle of something with your kids or […]

Sixteen

“Remember sixteen – when all the world was new and a lifetime stretched before you like fresh snow just waiting for your footprints?”  Peggy Toney Horton. This past Saturday, I ran 16 miles, for the first time ever.  The number 16 has significance in my life.  In a way, 16 has been a gateway number […]

Pain

“Allow your acceptance of the universality of suffering to be a transformative experience.  You do that by simply looking at what pains you squarely in the face and then moving on.  You don’t have to move fast or far.  You can just go an inch.  You can mark your progress breath by breath.”  Cheryl Strayed […]

Full Circle

“Not completing something doesn’t negate the work before it…..Energy was not wasted but created.”  A quote by me, Paria Hassouri, that first appeared in the post Fear or Flight, but was repeated by Jake as the opening mantra for his class on September 9th, 2015. Jake came back from Peru in the last week of […]