17 March 2021
Dear Companions on the Path,
May this find you well.
This week in Richmond the daffodils declared the arrival of spring, “tossing their heads in sprightly dance.” Soon every manner of herb will be unfurling its leaves, and the scaled and furred sleepers underground will groggily unbury themselves.
It continues to be a great pleasure meeting many of you every Sunday to investigate the living cosmos and our place within it. Far from having faded with the passage of a century, I find that Murshid’s sayings speak vitally to our day and age. Nature Meditations is a crucial spiritual survival manual for the Anthropocene.
Beyond the brilliance of the Meditations, what has given me particular delight is the companionship that is growing during these Sundays. It has been a difficult year in many ways, and there is a special consolation in being together in the midst of it all. The trees we have invoked, one by one, have together formed a verdant grove and gracious bower.
In two weeks’ time we will gather for our annual spring retreat. I look forward to being with many of you as we follow Khwaja Khizr and Hildegard of Bingen on the spiral path that leads to the greening of ourselves and the world.
The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.