Friday, January 27, 2012

The Power of Words

It is no secret that our internal state affects the choice of words we use in communicating. As someone said, the tongue is the interpreter of the heart. Our anger, arrogance, happiness, excitement, hatred etc. are expressed in our choice of words.

What may not be so obvious is that the reverse causation is also true: the choice of words we use affects our internal state. For example, if someone asks you, “How are you doing?”, you will feel differently if you say, “fine”, than if you say, “absolutely fantastic” or “best day of my life”. Simply choosing words that express how you would like to feel rather than how you feel in the moment will help bring you to your desired feeling.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Foundation of Community: Reflections on the Theme of the 2011 Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention

This year’s Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention, which is held annually in Toronto, was dedicated to the theme, ‘Control, Chaos, or Community:  Three Ways, One World, Our Choice.’ Although the theme is quite complex and can be approached from an assortment of perspectives – as was demonstrated by the different presentations at the convention, there is one element underlying the three scenarios of control, chaos, and community that deserves particular attention.