Joy

Joy is relative. Different for everyone it beholds. It’s unique in its own way, neither right nor wrong, hot nor cold, sweet nor bitter. Joy is personal. It’s something you have to feel for yourself; nobody can feel it for you and nobody can give you theirs. Joy is bold. Makes the rules as it goes, bows to no one. It is an exotic creature in itself with mysterious ways. The moment you stop trying to understand it, only then will it open up to you. You are submissive to it. You cannot hold it in chains; you must set it free. Let it reveal to you its ability and it’s potential. Joy is power. it’s a glorious flame which flourishes and flows in complete synch. Every subtle, smooth movement with a larger purpose. It can be harnessed but never controlled. It pulls you into its current. Joy is harmony. it exists in the moments where everything fits together in a perfect click and everything in the dark remains unknown but you make peace with this and can bask the warm light above. Joy is everywhere, eternal, everlasting, encompassing. In the deepest depths of distorting darkness, lies a microscopic spark...

Purpose

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The most exciting thing about life is the hidden potential of it. However, it is just as easily the saddest thing when we are not able to capture it fully. Someone can live their entire life without completely harnessing the ocean of possibility. In fact maybe that’s the point: we are given on a silver platter anything and everything we should ever need to do what we aspire but we are completely unaware of it. We all are placed on this earth for a reason. We are supposed to be someone, a part of something. A piece of a puzzle, a drop in the ocean. There are a little over 7 billion people in the world today but every single of of us are completely unique and have our own place in the world. We each have our own larger purpose but many of us go through our whole life not knowing what it is. We have to search within to find our path; what makes us stand out from the rest. But the hardest part of this is blindly following this path. This is what people refer to as following your heart. Your sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch cannot...

Clarity in the Clutter: Mindfulness

I think I can speak for most of my generation when I say that we are extremely stressed all the time, torn between school, homework, social lives, extracurriculars, peer pressures, exams, and family responsibilities and within all of that, somehow we have to find the time to take care of ourselves. In order to cope, we have found a way to convince ourselves that this level of stress is normal and necessary in order to be efficient. We’ve learned over time to just accept it as a part of life that we can’t change. This is exactly what I believed before I started practicing mindfulness. But this could not be farther from the truth. True, we cannot eliminate the responsibilities that cause stress in our lives, but we can control our reaction to these stressors. Often, all these responsibilities pile up upon each other and cause clutter in your mind which then causes you to become stressed and overwhelmed so by clearing the clutter, you are then able to eliminate the stress. This is where mindfulness comes into play. Mindfulness is being in the present. By practicing mindfulness, we are unknowingly eliminating 90% of the clutter in our minds. We...

  “The children of Adam are like the limbs of one another For they were all created from a single soul. When the winds of time afflict one limb with pain, How can the other limbs remain at peace? You who feel not the pain of others How dare you call yourself a child of Adam? How dare you call yourself a human being?” -Sa’di-yi Shirazi, a 13th century muslim poet. Poem written at the entrance of the Untied nations. ∞

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