Sufi Heart with Omid Safi show

Sufi Heart with Omid Safi

Summary: The Sufi Heart podcast with Omid Safi features teachings and stories about a sacred tradition of love, one that manifests outwardly as justice and inwardly as tenderness.  Drawing primarily on the wisdom of the Islamic tradition as well as the legacies of the Civil Rights movements and other wisdom teachings, Omid invites you to a meditation on the transformative power of love and recalling the necessity of linking healing our own hearts with healing the world. Omid Safi is director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. He specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam and frequently writes on liberationist traditions of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and is committed to traditions that link together love and justice.Omid is the past chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He has written many books, including Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism; Cambridge Companion to American Islam; Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam; and Memories of Muhammad. His forthcoming books include Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions and a book on the famed mystic Rumi.Omid is among the most frequently sought out speakers on Islam in popular media, appearing in The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and other international media. He leads spiritual tours every year to Turkey, Morocco, or other countries, to study the rich multiple religious traditions there. The trips are open to everyone, from every country. More information is available at Illuminated Tours.

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 Ep. 27 – The Rhythm of Expansion and Contraction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:49

Omid dives into the ocean of love, contemplating how the nature of the waves washing ashore and receding back mirrors the human experience. This special episode is from Sharon Salzberg's Living an Authentic Life Summit and is hosted by Andres Gonzalez from the Holistic Life Foundation. Lifetime access to the full summit, featuring all 30 speakers and five days of content, is available here: Living an Authentic Life Summit: A Journey to Inner Peace, Freedom and Joy In this episode of Sufi Heart, Omid is interviewed by Andres Gonzalez exploring: - The journey of living a spiritually luminous life - Anger as a path to higher consciousness - Expansion and contraction as the rhythm of life - Breaking the callousness of the heart - Being true to the inner child within - An expansive and contractive breathing exercise - To explore more on the topic of expansion and contraction, listen to episode 186 of Heart Wisdom. “Every heart has to break and not every heart that’s broken breaks open. We want a heart that opens up. Opens up towards God, opens up towards all, opens up towards our fellow human beings, and opens up to that ultimate mystery of what we are. And what an awesome encounter that is, and how terrifying that is.” – Omid Safi See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 26 – Spirituality and Conflict Transformation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:52

Omid returns with a timely and flowing discussion on the connection between spirituality and conflict transformation. Join Omid on a heart-centered and spiritually-focused educational tour of Turkey coming up in June 2023: Illuminated Tours - Turkey See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 25 – Spirituality of Seasons | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:30

In this episode of Sufi Heart, Omid Safi discusses the spirituality of seasons. We learn to look at Islamic cultures for inspiration on attuning to the sanctity of nature. “We have gained a lot in terms of productivity, but we have also lost a lot in terms of the rhythm of our life, the attunement to nature, and the ability to live a harmonious life”. —Omid Safi See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 24 – Mary and Jesus: A Sufi Perspective on the Christmas Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:21

Omid Safi offers us a sense of the significance of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and the sacred experience of Mary in the Islamic tradition. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 23 – Lessons for the Heart: Remembering the Events of 9/11 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:43

In this deeply personal episode of Sufi Heart, Omid Safi shares some lessons for the heart by remembering the events of 9/11, and reflects on how we can carry these teachings forward. This talk was originally recorded by: Hicksville Public Schools  This podcast is brought to you by BetterHelp. Click to receive 10% off your first month with your own licensed professional therapist: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

  Alan Watts is Coming to the Be Here Now Network! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:10

The Alan Watts Organization and Be Here Now Network have come together to bring you a new podcast series that dives deep into the Alan Watts Archive’s 100-hour collection of talks - from the most popular talks lighting up the Internet today to recordings not heard in 40 years.  This Monday, June 7th, discover for yourself why Alan Watts has continued to inspire generations of seekers with the Alan Watts Being in the Way podcast.  This exciting new series is hosted by Mark Watts, Alan's son and archive curator. Mark and his guests share Alan Watts’ inspirational work that poetically interprets the wisdom teachings of the East for Western audiences.  Set a reminder for June 7th and subscribe to the Alan Watts Being in the Way podcast wherever you get podcasts to receive regular wisdom from Alan Watts - brought to you by the Alan Watts Organization and Ram Dass' Be Here Now Network! See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 22 – Spirituality and the Marketplace with Abdul-Rehman Malik | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:52

Journalist, Abdhul-Rehman Malik, from This Being Human Podcast interviews Omid on the commercialization of spirituality, Rumi's Guest House, reframing emotions, and embracing radical love like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Abdul-Rehman Malik is an award-winning journalist, educator, and organizer. He is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio, offering contemporary perspectives on spirituality. His recent documentary work includes the "The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee." Since 2019, Malik has served as a lecturer and associate research scholar at the Yale Divinity School. He is also the program coordinator for Yale University's Council on Middle East Studies and the director of the Muslim Leadership Lab, an innovative program being incubated at Yale’s Dwight Hall Center of Social Justice. This podcast was is a part of the Aga Khan Museum’s new series - This Being Human, hosted by Abdhul-Rehman Malik. Check out interviews with Ginella Massa, Sultan Al Qassemi and other cultural leaders who explore what it means to be Muslim in today’s world: This Being Human. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 21 – Anti-Racism As A Spiritual Practice with Simran Jeet Singh | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:06

In this special episode, Sikh Activist, Simran Jeet Singh, joins Omid Safi for conversation exploring anti-racism as a spiritual practice. Recognized among TIME Magazine’s 16 people fighting for a more equal America, Simran Jeet Singh is Senior Adviser for Equity and Inclusion at YSC Consulting and a Visiting Professor at Union Seminary. He is a 2020 Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, a Racial Equity Media Fellow with Interfaith Youth Core, and a Senior Fellow for the Sikh Coalition. Simran holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University, an MTS from Harvard University, and a BA from Trinity University. He is the author of a best-selling children's book, Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon, and is in the process of writing a non-fiction book for adults, titled, More of This Please: Sikh Wisdom for the Soul. For more information, please visit Originally recorded for Religion News Service See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 20 – Love, Justice, and Tenderness with Ankhet Rumi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:26

Ankhet Rumi and Omid join together to explore embodying truth through teaching, fighting for social justice, the contemporary American Saints of the Freedom Movement, working with anger, & the divine Sufi poetry and wisdom of Rumi. Returning from a short hiatus, Omid is back with the Sufi Heart podcast, welcoming friend, poet, artist, and fellow podcaster, Ankhet Rumi, to the show. This special episode will be dual-casted, not only appearing here on the Be Here Now Network, but also on Ankhet's self-titled podcast, Ankhet, which illuminates the wisdom of Sufi poet, Rumi, and elucidates Eastern mysticism for modern times, holding deep credence towards the transcendental poetry of existence, social justice, and radical love. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 19 – Expanding Our Circle of Compassion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:06

Omid Safi shares wisdom on expanding our circle of compassion, redefining success, the dis-ease of busyness, and how love is synonymous with social justice. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 18 – Listening, Suffering, and Rumi with Marilyn Shannon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:53

Omid Safi shares a conversation with Marilyn Shannon about listening from the heart, dealing with suffering as we face a pandemic, and the powerful wisdom of the poet Rumi. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 17 – Finding Refuge in Love and Practice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:49

Speaking directly to the global crisis presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, Omid Safi offers a reflection on how we can find refuge in love and our spiritual practice even through the most difficult times of change. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 16 - Fireside Chats with Rumi: Religious Pluralism, Prayer, and Presence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:23

Dr. Omid Safi continues to explore the teachings of Rumi, this time focusing on religious pluralism, the essentials for prayer, and returning to a state of presence. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 15 – Fireside Chats with Rumi: Love, Suffering and Illumination | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:54

Dr. Omid Safi begins a series of discussions around the teachings of Rumi that illuminates the path of our spiritual journey. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at

 Ep. 14 - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:48

Omid Safi offers a look at the life and teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a civil rights hero who had a passion for serving God and mankind equally. Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-72), was one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Internationally known as scholar, author, activist, and theologian. Learn more about Rabbi Heschel's life and teachings at See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at


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