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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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How can I get Success & Contentment?

Sufi Sketch: Wealth & Contentment

I was in one of those moods, where I kept telling myself “I wish this & that was right… then I’ll be happy”. The thought kept repeating in my mind leaving a residue of dissatisfaction.

Then I came across this hadith, that made me realize no matter how much I run after things to find happiness, that kind of happiness is like an illusion. Once I get what I want… the happiness fades away into thin air & makes me run after the next thing.

The secret to success & lasting happiness is to strive for Goals for the right reasons. If we do things because we want to enhance our ego, it will always lead to short term happiness.

But if we work towards our goals with an intent serve a higher value (like making someone else’s life better in some way), it’ll lead us to both contentment & success.

Reading the Hadith gave me sense of peace & perspective, and felt I had to draw it out. Hope it helps you in some way…

What is better than a Year of Worship?

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Why does God ask us to Worship Him? Is he in need of our prayers?

The only reason God wants us to pray & worship Him, is so that we become better human beings.

Worship is a process to meditate on God’s divine attributes of Truth, Justice, Compassion & Forgiveness, and then imbibe them so that we begin to reflect these attributes in ourselves.

In doing so, our actions become in line with being Just, Forgiving and Compassionate.

If we only pray & don’t do anything to improve ourselves and the world around us, then as the Prophet said…

“A Moment of Justice is better than A Year of Worship”

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