Rise at 5.00, later than I anticipated, but the sleep was worse than I anticipated too. The house has very thin walls and up from the streets I could hear young men shouting at each other amt 2.32 a.m.
I had half an hour of yoga before the sitting to „wake up“ but it was of little use today, fighting with tiredness.
After documentation work, opening doors and windows I prepare pancakes for the kids.
At 8.30 my colleague arrives. I give her an update on the most recent events, afterwards we decide to work together in making this institution more to a home, step by step with little things such a curtain in the office.
At home I have breakfast with my sister Alexandra, afterwards I head to my flat. A short visit in the Internet becomes hours, then I decide to stay up for the rest of the day and I begin with AAD practice.
I experiment with a „hexatonic scale“ that was „created“ while I was doing calisthenics for the left hand. The notes are A A# C# D F G. I even figure out arpeggios; just later I discover that it’s actually just a harmonic minor scale without an E; D E F G A A# C#
Or, is it something different? At least I had fun and felt energized after practicing.
At 15.15 I follow the invitation of my friend Martin to attend a service in a church in Klagenfurt and to meet before.
The village Martin is living in is called Maria Wörth. It is as close to a lake called Wörthersee.
I meet Martin and his parents at the beach of the lake, and we have coffee and cake there. It is still warm enough to go swimming as long as the sun is shining.
The service begins at 19.00 and we leave just in time to be there punctual. The Theme for today is “Being a Muslim in Carinthia”
The church feels energized to me, and I feel embraced several times during the event.
A young Moroccan man sings Arabic folk and plays guitar.
A Turkish Imam recites first from the Mathnawi of Rumi, then form the Quran and at the end demonstrates the Adana. A young Turkish man responsible for Integration in Carinthia’s 2nd biggest city gives a talk, mainly sharing demographic data about Muslims in Carinthia and Austria.
Although only 2percent of the Carinthians are Muslims, they are (self)organized in four different branches; Arabic, Bosnian, Chenia and Turkish.
For me, the highlight of this service were the words of an old nun who made it clear in on sentence that Integration is nothing a government can do, it is something that depends on the initiative of people, offering their time to their neighbours to make a dialogue, an exchange possible.
Her last sentence was (referring to the different small branches of Islam here in Austria)
“Maybe they(the Muslims) need us (Christians) to talk to each other. We needed a lot of time ourselves (between different Christian branches) to come together. And, if we have established a meeting place, a communion of live, we can begin with the communion of the spirit”
Driving Martin back to his place. We have tea together and a talk with his parents about the service.
A present I receive from Martin just before I leave today:
“Gye nyame”, Adinkra symbol meaning “except for what God allows to happen” or “Unless God allows it to happen” (wikipedia)
Long trip back home. I need to fight with tiredness, so I sing and rap along the whole 1,5 hours…
Late to bad…