Peace- II

We are blessed with beautiful pure souls by our Creator which thrives on peace. So why would should that be tarnished with the madness of everyday? Our innate thoughts and ideas manifest into the world we create for ourselves. It’s like as you sow, so shall you reap. The input affects the output. When there is peace inside, there is peace outside. And we could definitely do with some “World Peace” but not the kind you hear on beauty pageants. It’s the little drops of water which make those majestic oceans, we are all those little droplets pooling in together to make that world we live in a truly wonderful place. It will become our legacy that we leave behind for our future.

Daunting as it may seem, I do have a few suggestions which may hopefully help you usher in the inner peace we all search for and also further translate into world peace. Before reading further, try blocking out the pessimistic thoughts which often likes to discourage us from being the better version of ourselves.

Basics first… focus on bringing back the humility in our approach to life, as it defines our approach to striving to achieve peace. By humbleness one isn’t supposed to assume that they are incapable, it’s avoiding the trap of arrogance. A quote I found which sums its relevance,

“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” Saint Augustine

For perspective, here’s a thought, in this great big planet that we live in, we are just another one of the “Homo Sapiens” walking about. In the plethora of flora and fauna created by our Creator, just one specie we are. So brush off that arrogance and look at life again. Humility becomes thus the first step to achieving a clear heart. A clear Heart finds peace swifter.

Next step is working with patience in come what may. This is tricky. Some days we work well, some days we don’t, it’s the days we don’t that augment the agitation of the soul. Find the cause and work out plan B for that situation and feel the difference. Have a sip of water, count, sit down, look away, wash your face, any little action which will calm you down and distract your seething storm. It will help you gain focus again and find your plan B.

Following the base built by Humility and Patience, comes in gratitude. This not only strengthens the other two but also paves the way for peace to start making a permanent nest in our lives. Thankfulness reminds you of the good already present in your life and in that process, you draw closer to contentment. Gratitude also extends to the wonderful favours of our Lord on our lives too. Breathing, being alive, the wonderful eyes that you’re reading with, the pet you have or the wonderful world the Creator created just so you could have that picture perfect sunset. It’s mentioned about the Prophet David, when he sang songs of praise of the Lord, all of nature sang with him. That is the ultimate manifestation of gratitude. It’s contagious. A chain reaction whose effervescence goes on with goodness after goodness.

Share! There is a huge gap in the world between the haves and have nots, (Not just in the economic sense).Start with food, it’s the easiest to share, In Islam there is a saying, “food for one, is enough for two, the food for two is enough for four..” So go on. Gladden your heart with the exultation of sharing, share a joke, share a laugh, share a smile, share a load, share the joys, share the lows, share courage, share trust, or simply share your wonderful company. The satisfaction of having done that will hearten your heart and strengthen the foundation of that peace you yearn for. After all what goes around, comes back around. Share some love around, it will find a way back to you, for the world is round after all.

Simplify, simplify, simplify. We all run after the big things and in that great big run up we overlook the little things that make all the difference. Have you seen a little child, whose happiness lies only in a cuddle from the parents, or splashing in that puddle of water? Have you seen the happiest people are often the ones with the least amount of things? Have you seen that the most generous are the ones who have little to call their own? Opulence makes us stingy and lazy more often than the other way around. So try simplifying your life and you’re one more step closer to Peace!

Make a peace corner. A little drama can sometimes go a long way in encouraging the pretence to become part of the reality of the character. Bring the outdoors in, some pretty plants and flowers, a water feature, some scented lights or just some soft furnishings on your favourite chair, sit down relax and unwind. Half an hour of that Zen-like setup works wonders on the nerves and brings back the Peace you thought you lost battling the great big world.

But above all, we all need to learn to be fair. Empathy is often misunderstood as its cousin, sympathy. We can’t truly find peace, if our hearts and souls are unfair. You can’t really be fair without bringing empathy in the picture. Empathy is about putting ourselves in the spot of others and walking that mile, feeling each little pebble underfoot and the distance between each footstep. Till we truly empathise its hard to be fair. But we can all try and eventually we will get there. We need to break the selfish mould the world likes to throw us in as we run along in the rat race. In the end we all have to die, so let us leave the world behind a little happier, a little better, a little more at peace than yesterday.

Little changes to our lives can go a long way in bringing the inner calm to our souls. Once you have found your inner peace, you become that symbol of serenity slowly spreading that wonderfulness we crave called, “World Peace”.

I hope to see you there,

Peace and tranquillity reign where,

Across the stormy seas of turmoil and restlessness,

Beyond the plain of unreasonableness,

Past the valley of selfishness,

I hope to see you there,

Peace and tranquillity reign where,

Sublime splendour enraptures the eye,

Serenity descends from the sky,

Sincerest spirit of amity becomes the glue to our tie,

I hope to see you there,

Peace and tranquillity reign where.

-SpiritualZain

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Hope

To live without hope is to not live at all. It is like being in a permanent winter, dullness and greyness abound. However even the coldest winter ends. Remembering a line of Shelly, “when winter is here can spring be far behind..?” That’s how our Creator designed the world. Every winter leads to a beautiful spring. And that spring promises a beautiful summer ahead. And as one walks through spring, looking at the shoots shooting out of the earth, the beautiful blooms blooming, they all fill the heart with hope. Their colour a refreshing hue chasing away the blues of gloom and making the heart roused up again with excitement, hope and positivity. That little bud of colour energises the soul to feel alive again after the spell of dreariness, making it one of those wonderful moments when the vibrations of our heart and our neurological wonder work in unison.

In our quest called life, we often burn the candle at both ends to light what we presume is our endless winter. And in that light we fail to see what the shadows hide. Probably, because of the inherent fear of the unknown and whatever is out of sight is out of mind.  The muted glow of the candle veils our view of this marvellous creation called nature. With every sunrise and sunset, a new day flows in, bringing with it, a change from yesterday. And each change of season heralds new perspectives on our myopia of life. If we only change the view from our lenses, a whole new avenue opens up for dealing with our everyday uneasiness. A calm mind takes better decisions. And that’s what nature wants to do, placate our ruffled neurons, arouse that hope, that life is to be lived.

Look around at the first blooms of the spring season. They are mostly a fantastic shade of yellow. It’s like our creator knew we needed the cheering up…so daffodils, crocuses abound with their cheery yellows amongst other happy hues. Continuing the cheery brigade the cherry blossoms begin blooming their elegant pinks, looking like little pieces of amethysts glistening in the showers. When all these meet the eye, it’s like sheer bliss, a little piece of heavenly peace, and the soul is stirred with contentment. And that fuels the hope that life is better than yesterday.

But we’ve forgotten this natural therapy that Our creator endowed our realm of existence with. Our winding down instead is with inorganic contraptions, which eventually trap us in their web of never-ending fixes to our problems. A saying I came across and indeed is profound,… “It is so simple to be happy, but it is so difficult to be simple…”.

We have complicated our lives with the evolution of the human race, and forgotten if Our Creator, created us, then is also well aware of the possible complications that may arise timely and thus equipped us with means to ease as well. It’s all about opening our minds and eyes to understand that and see that.

The rains bring the rainbow and eventually give way to the warm sun shining down positivity. That is hope, the clouds depart, the sorrows end, but once hope departs, that is the end. Pause, reflect, unwind, nature is oozing with positivity. A snowy shower in spring doesn’t stop the blooms business of blooming away. Icy cold winds don’t deter the deciduous leaves from making a comeback. When nature doesn’t give up…why do we give up hope?

Clandestine Amour

I do. I sure do, in sickness and health, in good times and in bad, in success or failure and in joy as well as in sorrow. However all of this is subject to a teeny tiny asterisk, marking the terms and conditions that come in package with it.

Je t’aime…Life! My amour.

However, I can’t escape this nagging feeling that I don’t get to love you as much as I would. It seems living with you and loving you a task “burdened” with multiple roles and wanting. Each making our romance one filled with such ordeals that I may be coerced into thinking, do we really love each other as passionately as we think we do.

“Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms”. ~Khalil Gibran

I am sure he didn’t live in our situation or I don’t understand what our love is all about. I guess I should begin from the beginning to understand how I fell in love with you and how I seem to be in the state that I…well, seem to be in.

It was a coy start. I remained cocooned till I collected myself and was ready to put my best head…eh foot forward. You were there at the end of the beginning, beckoning me to come. You lured me out. There I was a bundle of unspeakable happiness in my parents’ hands having my first real good look at you. The joy that you brought with your enticing made me fall in love at first sight. I will never forget how you looked at me, reassuring me that this was the better end. You made me the reason of elation, of celebration of satisfaction and mercy. If you could make me do this, I knew you were someone I wouldn’t ever want to let go.

Little by little, day by day, you only brought me in acquaintance with awe and wonder, with adventure and risk, with love and bonding and with spirituality and consciousness.

Every day from then just followed with uninhibited meetings and brushes with you. Little did we know that this was the foundation of a love so strong that come what may nothing could uproot. But then again one can never be sure.

I got rushes every time that I was hand in hand with you. You took me along the fun and the games and the learning and growing. Candidly, we breezed along, till there came a point when I became “mature”. When I realized that my free will was only leading me to causing displeasure and discomfort. My spontaneity was only adding to fixes from which I couldn’t squeeze out of without alterations to me. You seem to have started playing hide-and-seek. And this led to our first lover’s tiff. With all that I was getting into, lifestyle changes, attitude changes and expression changes, you also decided to be the icing on my cake. I couldn’t understand you anymore. From enticing me to free will you were now asking me to succumb to people, places and systems. There were now two of me functioning. The one which you were leading to nirvana, and the one that you were leading into shackles. Little by little, day by day you only strengthened the shackles. Chaining me to the decorum of the society and system that I was living in. I was now a slave of the system. Going in day in day out with the monotony like that of a housefly. Insignificant and very very dull…

Anger and frustration built up. I did not know what to and how to deal with this sudden deluge of conformity. It was suddenly goodbye to all things that were dear to me. And above all it was suddenly a separation from you. I was at the mercy of my emotions. I was succumbing to the sin of anger. I hated everything. And this only led to indulgence of things I would be later ashamed of and I was. With you not the same that you were, I was suddenly this river which had lost its way in the desert. Rapidly drying up, desperately hunting for a reservoir of safety. I presumed you didn’t love me anymore. All our times together were merely things to do to get by. And this is when I found something which led me back. It was my anchor which weighed me down from drifting into the sea of endless despair and doom.

I met God. I was suddenly in a different plane. It was like opium rush through me. It was an inexplicable elevation. Breaking away from all that was there and I realized that I can’t give up like this. It brought me to embrace our love again. I began to understand our amour. It was not about companionship. You were trying to lead me on, I just wasn’t ready to follow you along like I used to.

“It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.” ~Khalil Gibran

Mind, body and soul I connected with you. Just when I was ready to renounce this world and you is when God salvaged my adrift soul. I was now able to see a different perspective. Our love was now truly cemented. Changes which I was hesitant to accept now made sense. I was apprehensive on making a choice, taking up a stance. I felt I had lost all power over myself. And that’s when I realized;

“Any change, any loss, does not make us victims. Others can shake you, surprise you, disappoint you, but they can’t prevent you from acting, from taking the situation you’re presented with and moving on. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your situation, you can always do something. You always have a choice and the choice can be power.” ~ Blaine Lee

I made the choice. I took myself back in control. And I am trying to keep the power in my hands. Its new, its raw and needs a lot of getting used to, but then again wasn’t it like this before too? Except perhaps I didn’t so consciously have to make those decisions. And now that I’m doing, I still have my doubts but I am now standing with renewed vigour and outlook. I want different things now. I wasn’t ready for that deluge of challenges that the world rained down on me. Now I stand with a new definition of success, love and dreams.

The road down spiritual awakening is alone and tough which is what puts doubts. However now that I look back I wouldn’t want to change a thing. That’s primarily because I wouldn’t have learnt the lessons I did. I wouldn’t have been so sure of our love as I am now. My doubts about our future are gradually fading into the black of our past. I wouldn’t like to sound too excited lest I cast an evil eye on our love, but I can assure you that I am definitely going to be around. I want to leave with having achieved a purpose and you alone are going to be the sole catalyst in my reactions to the world.

I would like to reach the pinnacles of success, but not in the way the masses perceive, the following sums it up beautifully;

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

And that is when I will stop living but not loving you. Our clandestine love shall never be known but will always keep my flame in this world burning bright.