Listen

Remain calm. Embrace the moment.  Slow down. Take it easy.  Be patient.  Let there be quiet. Give yourself a chance to listen. Listen to your soul.

But you have to stop.  Otherwise you won’t hear anything over all the chatter.

What is your soul saying?  What are you yearning for? What are you seeking?

Be still.

Do you hear it?

Wait…

Give it a moment.

Do you hear it?

What does it say?

Have a look around you. At all that adorns you and calls itself your life. Your soul wants you to take notice. It’s whispering for you to see. Do you see what you have? Do you notice?

You have…much.

Much. Of things.

But…you still want more.

But..what is that whisper saying?  What is your soul telling you?

Quieten down. You will hear. Be still. And listen. Your soul wants more. It’s directing you to seek out more.  But not of what you have.

“Seek out more of something else”, whispers your soul.  You know what it is.

You understand.

But that is hard to seek.

“I will help you”, murmurs your soul.

“It doesn’t have to be so hard”, says your soul.

You will seek more and you will find more.  You will struggle.  But it will be worth it.  Oh, it will be worth it.

For what you find will be greater than what you seek.

For you will be grateful.  And you will stop. Because you will know, that to be grateful,  you must stop.  And you must listen. And your soul’s whispering will be louder.  And it won’t be so hard. You will understand.

You will want more…of this, not of much. For much is enough.

Enjoying the moment

It’s hard to be present in the moment. There is so much else going on in the mind and heart competing for attention. “I need to start this, I need to finish that.” Thoughts that are constantly weighing on the mind.

How many times have you been with someone and your mind has wandered somewhere else, to another time, or place, or person?

Why is it so hard for us to just be in the moment, and enjoy it, without having it affected by all the other things we have going on in our busy souls?

We live the majority of our lives not thinking about what we are currently doing, but what we still need to do, and never really savouring the moment.

take benefit of five before five

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) advised to:

“Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death”

(Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim)

The advice of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has never been more relevant. In essence, it is conveying the message of being present in the moment.

Stop wasting time, thinking about what you could’ve or should’ve done, or what you can and should be doing, and simply be present in the moment, before it passes you by.

Don’t limit the definition of that moment. The moment is not a singular episode. Let it be your youth, health, wealth, free time, and your life itself.

Any of these “moments” could come to an end without any warning. So enjoy the moment you are in. Be present. Be conscious.

Enjoying the moment

It can be hard
It is difficult to see
But don’t be overwhelmed
For there is blessing in what you have

The moments that are calm
The ones that make you smile
Where you find a sense of peace
They are easy to enjoy

But when you become tired
And the moment is not so calm
And there’s irritation inside you
This is where you have to look for it

Look for the blessing in the moment you are in
It is there,
And if you search for it,
It will appear

Maybe not at first,
Because of the irritation inside you
But if you search for it,
It will appear

Whether it’s an abundance of loved ones around you
Or other’s to help you correct your ways
If you search for it,
It will appear

But first you must do something
It is hard for you to do
Something you have to remove
For it is blocking your way

It makes your sight blurry
And your view quite hazy
Your perception becomes skewed
And the image is distorted

But you feel entitled to have it there
This thing that’s blocking your way
That makes you feel uneasy
And limits your understanding

But you need to remove it
Put it aside
And out of your way
So that you can search for that blessing

The irritation you feel inside you
It prevents you from finding the joy
From enjoying the moment
From searching for that blessing

So place irritation aside
Enjoy the moment you are in
And if you go to search for it now
You will find that blessing

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On being true

We fill our days and weeks. Our calendars are full of events, tasks, to do lists etc. But how often do we stop and ask ourselves why we have committed to all these things?

There is so much noise around us that it is often very difficult to stop and look internally to discover what drives us. But we owe it to ourselves…to be true to ourselves.

Life can be overwhelming, stressful, and tiring. But we need to stop for a moment and truly ask ourselves the difficult questions. Be true, be sincere, and be honest about your answers.

Being true

Be true

Why am I doing this?

Who am I doing this for?

What do I want from this?

Where am I going with it?

Answering these questions truly and sincerely will show us what direction we are going in, and if we’re actually happy with that direction.

It’s difficult to listen to our own voice, to look inside, to be true with ourselves.

But shouldn’t we stop to at least think about what we have filled our lives with and how “I” am reflected in the actions of my life? Am I really being true to myself?

Being true

So they tell me to look inside
But what is there to look at?
Where do I even begin? 

I stop and listen
I want to be inspired
I want to be content
But where do I begin?

There really is so much noise
Even inside it’s still there
So how do I block it out?
And where do I begin?

I need to make the time
I need to have the silence
And ask myself, why?
And then I have begun

Why did I say that?
Why did I write that?
Why did I do that?
Who was it all for?

I know where I need to turn
I know who will help me
I just have to ask
I just have to be true

Embracing the silence

There is a lot of power in words. There are the words you hear, and the words you speak. The words you read, and the words you write. The words that come from the inner, and the words that come from the outer. However, to understand the words, to appreciate them, and to embrace them, we need silence.

It is in embracing the silence, in embracing the still moments, where we really gain an understanding of what is going on. Reflecting on what is happening around us, on what is happening to us, on what we are doing, and on why we are doing it.

Just stop.

Pause for a moment.

Embrace the silence…

It is in the stopping
It is in the pausing
It is in the reflecting
It is in the presence of the moment

This is when we hear our hearts

The silence is awkward
The silence is uncomfortable
The silence is honest
The silence is truth

This is when I know myself

I can hear my heart
I can hear my thoughts
I can hear my emptiness
I can hear my desperation

This is when I embrace the silence