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What Rumi Can Teach Us About Inner Peace (Even If Your World Is Crashing Down)

Rumi Inner Peace

You look at it with pride.

Your first car.

A shiny, new Toyota.

You love everything about it. The shimmering silver colour. The smell of newness. Even the lights inside seem
special.

You take your car out on your first drive. You cruise down the neighbourhood. A big smile on your face. Life is sooo good. But, all of a sudden you hear the sound of friction against the side of your new car.

OMG! Your new car just got horribly scratched.

Before you can stop the driver of the other car, it zooms away.

You feel wrecked inside. Almost violated.

How could this have happened?

You’re depressed the whole day. Instead of celebrating your new car, you feel rage. How could that person scratch your new car?

You think to yourself, “Why me? Why is the world against me?”

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5 Thought-Provoking Reasons Why Rumi is the Best Selling Poet in America

Rumi

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
~Rumi

You may have come across Rumi’s quotes like the one above.

Perhaps in books. Or quite likely on your Facebook feed, Twitter account or on Buzz feed.

If you enjoy poetry you might have even read some of his poems.

Rumi was a 13th Century poet who lived in different parts of the Persian Empire which included present day Afghanistan, Iran & Turkey. He was a mystic, a philosopher and top Islamic Scholar of his time.

But he’s most popularly known for his timeless Poetry that sprang from his yearning for the Divine.

What is astonishing is that he’s the best selling poet in America. Even outselling giants of English literature like Shakespeare.

How is it that the works of a 13th Century Persian Poet becomes one of the most widely read in the Western world?

What is it about Rumi, that makes him so popular?

While working on our upcoming book Sufi Comics Rumi, we researched more about this great mystic.

This led us to these 5 reasons why Rumi is so popular.

Here they are:

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I got angry in a road rage incident

Anger

 

Remember the time when someone’s done wrong to you.  It could be something like facing a verbal / racial attack or someone scratched your car. How did it feel like?

You feel the rush of blood in your body. Your heart beats faster. There’s nothing in your mind other than taking out your anger verbally or even physically.

I recently got into a road rage conflict.  The guy in the bike was showering me with his verbal abuses.  My immediate feeling was to respond to him with a piece of my mind. Read more

Too much work and Feeling stressed out?

There is no health where there is Greed ~ Imam Ali (a)
There is no health where there is Greed ~ Imam Ali (a)

Recently I was feeling stressed out.

It was the overwhelming feeling of the things that I need to get done.

Looking at my growing to-do list, with the time available, got me even more stressed ’cause I know I couldn’t fulfill all the commitments.

Somehow I felt that if can do all that, I’ll be happy.

But then I realized that things didn’t have to be this way.

I don’t have to take up all these commitments.

We have this idea that ‘achieving so and so goal will make me complete’. And I remain unhappy till I get what I want.

Learning to Let go

Material achievements never make us feel complete. The moment we get what we want, we start running after the next thing… and the next thing.. and so on.

Once we start realizing who we really are, and that nothing outside can make us complete, we stop relying on external achievements to feel complete.

But how will I achieve anything if I’m always satisfied

This is something that often bothered me a lot. But I realized that my best work has come not when I’m stressed out but when I work from a place of peace.

And peace comes when we stop fretting about targets, and focus on the work.

So what do I do if I feel stressed?

So the secret is not really a secret. Find love in the work that you do, and trust in God to give you the results.

He knows best.

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The Headache

Sufi Comics - The Headache
Sufi Comics – The Headache

Do you know people who always complain?  Whenever I hear someone complain, this story of Rabia Al-Basri comes to mind.

There was a time I used to think that if you’re complaining all the time, you must be “smart”.

Because if you’re complaining you know what’s wrong with the world and implying you know how to fix its problems.

But over time I realized the habit of complaining rarely fixes problems.  Instead it only creates more unhappiness not only for us, but also those around us.

What we’re really looking for is contentment, and the secret of it lies in being grateful.

There are so many things to be grateful about that we take for granted. Our family, friends, our health, the food that we eat.

Don’t let the simplicity of this act deceive you to think that it’s not worth doing.

It’s a practice I often struggle with myself.  But the more I practice gratitude, the better my life becomes.

Being grateful for what we have gives focus on what is going right in our lives, and helps to maintain perspective when we face challenges.

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