Rediscovering Ramadaan#17

Between the ebb and flow of soul energy is the still shore within. Remain.  Even as the waves recede and bide you farewell. Remain and resist the urge to be carried away by the waves. Where once you were frolicking in the water embracing you, you’re now left with sand residues that are grating against your skin in the chill evening breeze.

You were not made for the ocean. The ocean was made for you, to bring you tides of creativity and intuition. Insights. Gems.
But as you receive, you must let go. As you inhale, you must exhale. As you sow, you must harvest. As you live, you must die. And as you love, you must lose.

But don’t let it deter you. In the wake of an ebb, you’re given space to notice and marvel at the sunrise, at the seagulls, at the fresh air permeated by sea salt that tingles your nostrils, at the sea shells and pebbles and seaweed, sprinkled like confetti all around you. There’s a whole world beyond the gratifying bubble of receiving all that’s good and pleasing.

The waves will soon return to you with hidden treasures fetched from the deepest parts of the ocean, and the meeting place will always be in the midst of your inner shore.

Find the inner silence so that in the face of the rhythmic pulse of life you can remain grounded, standing, free. You can remain gazing at the ever-present horizon.

لكي لا تأسوا على ما فاتكم ولا تفرحوا بما آتاكم والله لا يحب كل مختال فخور

“In order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get, nor rejoice because of that which has been given to you. And Allaah likes not prideful boasters.”

(Al-Hadid 57:23)

Karma, can you keep up ?

I’ve felt pain to learn empathy
I’ve been lonely to be humbled
I’ve been betrayed to learn the importance of integrity
I’ve been deceived to cherish authenticity
I’ve been played to embrace vulnerability
I’ve felt suicidal to learn how to live life on my own terms
I’ve been loveless to learn how to love myself
I’ve been burnt to be purified
I’ve been terrified to practice courage
I’ve been stranded to discover tawakkul
I’ve been destroyed to develop resilience
I’ve been ridiculed to uncover creativity
I’ve been bullied to learn to stand up for the truth no matter the cost
I’ve been stuck in troubles to learn how to problem solve
Pain’s a bitch. A good bitch. I’m a bitch. A bad bitch. In a good way 😉

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