Inside each one of us there’s a centre, like the mid point of a circle, forming its core and giving it shape. This centre, is your essence, your true self, and believe it or not it’s the version which, when you best embrace, you feel your best. Continue reading “If You’re Self- Conscious, then You’re Not the Least Conscious about Yourself”
What is learning but a leap into an abundant pool of unexplored realities?
You decipher one aspect and let go of a slight share of ignorance that you’ve always had.
You add to your mind a bit of knowledge and get out a similar bit of ignorance, and continue doing so until you no more exist, and not until you no more think that you’re in need of more.
For when it comes to learning, a process that never ends: “I got my share of knowledge” is an illusion that tends to stop you from tapping into that abundance of light, wisdom and perception.
You know more to only know that you need to know more, and so on and so forth.
You know and know, but never stop to need to know.
This is how it goes.
But one fact that resonates amongst the learners’ life is that the more you know the more you’re able to locate your presence in life, the more you know of it and the more you know of yourself.
Knowing yourself was never an easy task for the majority of us.
It’s a blessing that we’re given when we strive to know who we really are, and only achieve when we’re connected; to our highest self and to our Creator, our Lord.
So set off on an everlasting journey of learning and never let go of your right to “Know”.
Life is a lot more good when we “know it”
Nothing helped me get closer to where I want to be, after Dua, than practicing contemplation and reflecting upon my inner thinking. You talk and talk and talk about your aspirations and share your dreams with others, but nothing sharpens your thought like talking them over with yourself and contemplating them, as well as your surroundings.
Contemplation in general has this virtue of establishing the connection between your conscious and sub-conscious self, your thinking and your feeling, between you and yourself.
So this is where you first need to be; just at the centre of yourself.
There you can move freely and navigate through your soul, whether you’re primarily a thinker or generally a feeler.
Then comes contemplation over your thoughts and wishes, which helps you understand them more and take them a step further from being far fetched, to being a possibility and then a reality God willing!
You don’t achieve what you want unless you know what it is and really want it! Only then you head in the proper direction.
Contemplation makes you feel in control over yourself and more familiar with life.
Without contemplation you feel tangled in a maze of thoughts. Do contemplate so that you move from the stage of wanting, thinking and needing to that of achieving!
Let me share with you this inspirational thought by Harlem Toomer.
“Talk about it only enough to do it. Dream about it only enough to feel it. Think about it only enough to understand it. Contemplate it only enough to be it”
Do contemplate for the sake of yourself!
One question that overwhelms and persists in the mind of everyone of us is ‘what’s the purpose I have in life’, apart of the bigger question of what is all humans’ purpose of life.
Developing the need to know and recognising the necessity to find an answer for this question is in itself a sign of achieving a considerable extent of self awareness and developing a better understanding of life.
I’ve mentioned many times here on my journal and in other writings that our prime aim and mission on earth is upholding the legacy of vicegerency .. Yes we are God’s vicegerents on earth. But there’s a deeper level of vicegerency, one that has to do with the passion and the prime potential you’ve got within, your divine tool to serve humanity and uphold your higher aim and mission on earth. This is the you, your core planted within yourself, partially to get a clue about where to head for and partially to uphold a job better done by you than others, and the result.. yes, a nation better served through that role you think to be too little to recognise or be recognised. Continue reading “On Finding a Purpose in Life”
Walk into your heart,
Sigh.. breathe, you’re in!
Fetch that eclipsed spot of light,
This is where you belong,
Where you will complete the song,
Your heart knows best,
Your heart is the most honest!
Take refuge in it, feel at home,
Revive the long deserted connection,
With the One, your Creator, your home.
Lost is he who forsake the connection.
He knows who is in need of peace,
He is the Creator of peace
He is the one and only,
Bestower of peace.
Look into your heart,
For that clot therein.
Never turn your back to your heart,
For peace is, indeed, deep within.
This is an anonymous letter circulated through the net. Its source is unknown, but its content touched me so deeply, compelling me to share with you <<here>> My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.
I know I must speak up, I know I am expected to speak up, and aware of my responsibility to speak up, being affiliated with “Islamic Awareness” and what relates to it. Well yes I feel the urge to share my standpoint, even though I don’t know how to put it in words. But I’ve also grown so weary of the ranting political jabbering that’s been going on for two years or more, and worse than ever over the past year, since a figure representing an Islam-affiliated group came to power, and I wish not to echo the repeatedly used and largely erroneous term “Political Islam”, for indeed there’s nothing called or should be called political Islam …
I’ve seen people whose only bond to life is breathing!
YES they do breathe, and may seem alive, but in reality, they’re moving corpses.
Dead hearts.. Frozen minds that only react to a set of recurring events.
If you think this is life.. no this is not life. Continue reading “There’s More to Life than “Breathing”!”
Praying is one activity telling you you’re alive. One that pours life into your life, connecting to your Creator, your Lord, asking of all that you want and need, and speaking your mind and heart out! Here’s one prayer I have stumbled upon and have found very inspirational, regardless of the religion of its sayer, it’s an inspirational prayer to approach Almighty Allah…
I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again today: Life is quite too vast to be seen, holistically, from one single angle. It’s way too vast for your limited mind to contain and fully grasp. But surely being exposed to more of it shall earn you better understanding of what it’s all about. Continue reading “Live Fully.. Live Anew!”
How blessed I am to be a woman?!
This is how I feel and this is one feeling every woman should imbibe and nurture with love, gratitude, tenderness and contentment. Creating this sense of gratefulness and acceptance in yourself will help you embrace all merits granted to your gender as ordained by your creator, Almighty Allah. You were born to be a woman for a reason, for a purpose. Having this belief deeply rooted in your perception will foster a wise understanding of the role intended for you in this life, just for being a woman. Continue reading “On Being A Woman”
Don’t live in the shadow of others- this is not life. Don’t prison yourself in others’ perception of life. Don’t live someone else’s life. Don’t miss your own goals in life. And most importantly, don’t enforce deadliness upon your life.
Simply put, you ought to create your own life experience. You were brought to life to occupy a certain place, cause a certain impact, and share in the overall process of developing life on Planet Earth, this is one common duty befalling all of us fellow humans.
Your potential is never enacted unless you realise it. Sometimes people pop up into your life to help you locate your potential and true talent. But that’s not guaranteed and you should not rely on that. You are the one responsible for your life and how you wish to go about your dreams and intended goal in it. Rely on nobody but your one and only Lord, Allah the Almighty. He is all you need, if you dealt by logic and did your homework of trying to know your role in life and upheld it.
Do not regret or fear the time you need to spend with yourself to take one single step forward. The time you invest in connecting to your inner self and thinking wisely about your own view of life and how you wish to live it up will facilitate your way all through your journey to success, happiness and ultimate fulfilment. Whereas acting without much understanding of yourself and imbibing a unique perception would mean wandering in bewilderment, partially failing and partially living some other person’s life, someone who is not you, and the result, either you’re depressed, feel worthless, or envy those who found their way.
Know that feeling content, joyous and lively is tightly connected to your sense of achievement, itself depending on your potential and your own unique pursuit in life. Have you ever seen a successful person who doesn’t know his true talent? Have you ever came across a person who’s leading a force that’s forced upon him, copying the life of someone else, even dressed like him or her, and speak like him or her and still feels happy and content? That’s not even a possibility.
Be wise, and know that the time you’ll spend searching your soul for what it truly wants and its perception of life will consequently lead you locate your true potential, imbibe in you a self-love and eagerness to achieve and courage to create your life experience.
Know that your potential is the role intended for you in life. So when you get the two deciphered, only then will you be able to embrace your destiny joyously and contently … This is what happiness has come to mean!!
Having read this, do not waste one single day without applying it and walking your way, assuredly, towards your destiny and fulfilment.
The picture posted here features my silhouette standing on top of a sand dune at Fayoum Deserts in Egypt; some two or three years ago.
I took this shot and seeing my shadow back then left a certain feeling that’s hard to describe, but generally I see myself in most people I know, specifically the ones I love and have strong relation with such as my close friends and my dear mother- I always felt each one carries a part of the other, and yes I see my shadow in them.
Perhaps because of the kind of spiritual connection I naturally establish with things I use, places I visit, people I meet with and even events I live through- I see myself in all that- they all reflect on me and I on them, and perhaps we become one. And most importantly the closest shadow is that of myself throughout all phases of my life, since childhood and till date- I hold a very strong connection with my inner self- we’ve always been in touch, and distraction never managed to separate us, even for a moment- and when distraction persists, I walk my way away, to enjoy my cocoon and keep the connection with my soul sound and enact.
But that shadow of myself I see in others is what had always amazed me- I do not who mirrors the reflection of the other- but what I know is that the outcome is the same- I see myself in people, places, events that touched me and warmed my heart.
I’m not sure if I could managed to communicate such very personal piece of reflections but perhaps a few words of Demis Roussos’ ‘Shadows’ can convey a bit of what I have in mind ..
Shadows of a thousand faces keep on turning in your mind,
and forgotten names and places never really left behind.
Is it here imagination seeking shelter from the rain,or a long self conversation once again.
Shadows never point a finger at the things you say or do,
silently they seem to linger any way you may run to.
Sharing every joy or torment, every laughter or despair,
facing you at any moment if you dare.
The best thing about blogging is not having to revise what you write or beautify it, but rather publish it in whatever form and quality it comes out.
This is what compels me to always publish my very personal reflections and share it with the world instead of keeping them confined in my personal diary that’s read only by me.
Ok, today I am pleased to introduce to you my new pairs of Cockatiel Parrots, showing in the picture here.
I’ve named them, actually mother has named them, Bakiza & Zaghlool- names of two characters of a very popular Egyptian TV series.
Bakiza is the lady and Zaghlool is the guy.
What’s so unique about the decision to buy these two lovely creatures is the fact that in the past, although I used to raise birds, I never dared come closer to them- yes I always feared them and their feather that flies whenever they move fast.
Contemplating the decision to buy birds I found that there’s something new those creatures can teach me.
And so we decided to go and buy a pair of those Fischer birds that we used to have when I was a kid. Me and mom went to Maadi district in Egypt. There, at a pet-store I was suggested, I saw for the first time in my life I saw the Cockatiel Parrots- and I simply fell in love with them. And immediately the decision was taken to buy them and bring them home. We bought the cage and all needed tools.
I placed them in a lofty place, for I have a cat too, and unless the two sides are used to one another I learned the consequences wouldn’t be so unlovely if I left them exposed to one another.
I was told I would be able to train Cockatiels to talk and whistle yet at a very young age- as young as a month or two, when they leave their momy’s next. And this is my plan. I’m readying to invest in the baby-to-come Cockatiel, and teach him to talk and whistle and to spend sometime outside the cage.
Watching the two nice parrots is so inspirational. They’re so tender, spontaneous, gentle, and do not hide their fear or they joy. And yes, I can very much relate to them.
Their presence was surely a warm addition in my life and I’m expecting to have a very unique experience having them in my life.
Will be sharing more reflections about that in future episodes … so stay tuned :)
Elie Wiesel once said it clear;
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
Do not live each day simply because you have to. Also do not deny yourself the right to enjoying life or making each day count.
Do not pass your life because it’s an obligation. Surely you cannot and should not end your life at times of despair, but most importantly know that you deserve a Good Life, a lively life not a dull one.
Routine kills human soul, same way indifference kills one’s enthusiasm and potential.
Create your own moments of happiness, explore the beauty surrounding you. Fight indifference as you do to your fiercest enemies.
Do Make Each Day Count!