Madame Blossom's Book of Poems

Monday, August 12, 2019

Tools for mindfulness

Mindfulness - is BEING in the current moment and being aware of your current thoughts and actions.

These are some tools to mindfulness :

1) "Niat" - making and being aware of the intentions of your actions or speech or even thoughts.
2) Seeking refuge from the accursed satan, for he is always out to make people forget or distracted.
3) Ihsan - doing and giving our best in whatever we are doing.
4) AlLatif - adopting one of God's traits that is Al-Latif, subtle, attention to details, gentle.
5) Make doa / supplications.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Lamarck



I was reading about Lamarck in the Wikipedia and came across this:

That year, he also published Recherches sur l'Organisation des Corps Vivants, in which he drew out his theory on evolution. He believed that all life was organized in a vertical chain, with gradation between the lowest forms and the highest forms of life, thus demonstrating a path to progressive developments in nature.

I am grateful, Alhamdulillaah, Allaah has made us of the highest form as Allaah mentioned in the surah At-Tin (95:4), translated as "We have certainly created man in the best of stature"

But not without advice (95:5-6) :

Then We return him to the lowest of the low,
Except for those who believe and do righteous deeds, for they will have a reward uninterrupted.


Saturday, July 06, 2019

It is so amazing, how our dreams can seamlessly blend in with our surrounding as it happens. Feels surreal.

Just now, I fell asleep in the bus, and dreamt that I was in a flight, and the air stewardess walked pass and went to the back of the plane and started speaking to someone on the phone in Hokkien so loudly.

I woke up and realised that it was some passenger speaking so loudly in Hokkien at the back of the bus.

Friday, June 21, 2019

'for the rest of your life'

Someone said that to me, that I should be happy for the rest of my life. 'The rest of my life' does not seem like it's that long. Doesn't sound like a strong enough excuse, to forsake what I have held for half my worldly life. I think perhaps I should struggle a bit more, and enjoy the fruits of my struggle in the Afterlife. May Allaah guide me/us to what is best for this world and the Hereafter.


Thursday, June 06, 2019

Forgiveness


I try to forgive others cause Islam promotes forgiveness so very often, in hadith and in the Quran ... but if you forgive that is better for you.

It is better for you, because it truly is good for your mental and physical health.   I think that it is a requirement to achieve a 'sound heart'.

However, I have just realised that though I try to forgive others - those 'others' are often those people who are not constantly in my life.  It's easier, cause I don't face them every day.

What I've forgotten and what is tougher, is trying to forgive those people near to me, my spouse, my parents, my children - to forgive them every day, every night.

I will forgive them, and I will forgive them every day. I will also seek forgiveness from God for myself, and I will forgive myself everyday. InsyaaAllaah.