Incredible Sufi Lecture in English

This is a really interesting lecture on Sufism given by Pia Zia Inayat.  I particularly like his tracing of the etymology of “saracene,” and well as his discussion off Islamic futuwa.

As MSNBC today wrings its hands over the favoritism by Governor DeSantis re the dispensation of vaccines to rich Floridians, I chuckled and maybe even pushed un soupir before turning towards things that are of import to me.

Certainly Sufism has become quite central to my thoughts of late, as I approach 70, and my mind stop paying attention to all that is non-essential to me at this age.

I truly do live the life of a hermit now.  I visit no one; I barely speak with anyone outside of my immediate family; I go to great lengths not to be distracted or sucked into the strange madness that is the United States, even though — for the time being — I remain in America.

Yesterday my Dell tower XPS arrived.  I spent the day get my study ready for it; I have swept and cleaned the floor and the carpet and washed the walls and got rid of the dust in on my books (I have several bookcases in my study).

I often sleep in the study, on the floor in fact, on a couple of yoga mats over which I place several blankets and a fake goose down pillow.  Very effective for bad backs; and quite cheap too — no need to spend thousands on a bed and fancy mattress when the floor will do just as well.

Back pain started up a bit this morning, from all the exertions with the dog yesterday at Sugar Beach (see previous post), and I felt tired suddenly.  Then I weighed myself, and made note of the fact that I have lost 7 pounds in the last 9 days.  Good.  I hope to keep up the good work in that regard, and perhaps one days be as thin as I was at nineteen.

Once I set up the comp — this is a very high end machine actually — I shall resume programming the Islamic geometry design tool that I’m building.  I am doing this as a form of spiritual meditation, and hope that I can create something that will enable others one day to create beautiful Islamic patterns on their computers as a way to get closer to Allah.

Peace.

News Flash…. the pain abates!

dell computer
Check out here how loaded this baby is

After ordering a new, loaded desktop (see above) to replace the one that HP Pavilion piece of crap that just died, I slept and in fact slept well last night, after taking the gummies.

Probably just a placebo effect, but today is the start of my week with no pain medication at all. It’s my decision.  I feel I can move a lot better than last Monday, when my wife had to drive me to the ER.

The pain spasms have pretty much gone, but there is still some residual arthritis pain that shall melt away when the sun days warms up.  This is why I live in Florida; the sun shines almost year round, something my aching 69-year old knees appreciate to no end.

By the way, I have lost 5 lbs in the last week.  Only 70 more to go!

To kickstart this latest weight loss program, bicycle riding resumes today.  The nice thing, again, about Florida is that the terrain is flat, and where I live — in a lilly-white gated community, I’m ashamed to say — has miles of empty streets with little or no traffic.

I took my dead Pavilion over the weekend to Office Depot to have my data transferred to a flash drive.  My new comp arrives on Monday the 8th.  That give me a week to do so mind expanding studying up, before the Dell arrives, and I resume working on an ambitious software project that has occupied my time since this past Fall.

If I can manage to balance physical vs mental activity throughout the day and not spend hour after hour hunched over my new comp, I should be able to remain sane until I get the Johnson and Johnson shot.

Why I am not taking my Covid 19 shot tomorrow?

sand crane
This sand crane looked like he was waiting to get in the ER too!

Quite simply, the ER doctor advised against it.

Let me explain.

I have been having severe back problems for a month.  This weekend, I spent much of the time literally screaming in pain.

So this morning, I asked my wife to take me to the emergency room of a nearby hospital.  I almost could not get out of the car, things were so bad.

But I could not take this pain any more; I simply could no longer function normally.

They took x-rays, and discovered the cause of the problem.  I will be talking about this diagnosis a lot more in future posts, and what I have to do to  treat it.

He also prescribed a new medication, including Tramadol that will tide me over for a few days.

Yeah!

But he also said that my taking the Covid vaccine shot could worsen my back spasms, and cautioned that I could end up in the hospital if that side effect kicked in.

So I have decided not to risk it, and wait till my condition stabilizes, and have the shot when I no longer have this intensely debilitating back pain.