October 31, 2009

Realizing the Full Potential

What does it take to realize your potential? Have clarity and focus.. a space you call your own.. and peace of mind and heart.. with nobody stalking you.. no ideas haunting you.. with no fear of failure.. with a zeal for taking risk! having a mind of your own.. following no rules.. standing up for what you know is true.. no temptations.. no distractions.. no perfection.. Just the joy of the ride! the rush of satisfaction.. fulfillment.. full potential.. Just a 'moment' of peace..

October 30, 2009

Seeking

Since our first breath and until the last, human beings are created as 'seekers'. We seek satisfaction. Our portfolio of satisfaction varies from person to person and it also varies within one person from a phase to another and moment to another. What we decide is our worthwhile quest dictates our seeking journey. That mere 'seeking' is what keeps our blood flowing, what keeps our lungs breathing..
At times we could seek 'what we seek' and think 'what to think' and decide 'what to decide'.. it is in these phases that we feel at an intersection.. when a question needs to be questioned! An action is needed.. everything is at 'pause'.. the whole universe is looking at you and it is your turn to make a move.. a gesture.. express an emotion.. or hide it.. Just something, anything! Because at this moment, our satisfaction is 'change'.. whatever that change is, no matter how small or big. Just something to keep us going and 'satisfy' our endless quest of 'seeking..

October 20, 2009

Which to satisfy?

In my tireless pursuit of finding my 'straight path' in life, I often times pause puzzled in front of the following question: Shall I follow my heart or my mind?
The insights that I get from other people sometimes confused me more than help me in realizing the potential 'straightness' of my being. Does every decision that I make needs to comply with my mind, the 'bounded rationality' of the mind, the limited knowledge and understanding that our very own mind was created to be? Why is it then that 'some questions are better avoided' is a prophetic teaching. It is because our reasoning of the unknown is yet to be discovered. Our life is a journey seeking to answer many questions.. Some questions are certain to be left unanswered.
Human capacity to know, is limited. However, human capacity to believe, is limitless! It is due to the fact that our hearts function in ways that our minds do not necessarily understand. Our minds learn from the external environment, from the time we were born to the world and until the time we depart to grave - our knowledge source in the mind is external. On the other hand, the knowledge of the heart, I'll take the liberty to call it 'cognition' or 'conscious' is limitless because it stems its light from The Ultimate Light. The light as we know its nature is strengthened by energy, likewise, our light of 'faith' and belief is strengthened by our spiritual energy intake from Allah. Therefore, what the heart knows stems from inside, which in due course stems its light from The Light of the heavens and the earth, Allah.
There are many verses in the Quraan that invites one to think with one's heart rather than mind. Hence, it is safe to say that our lives should be guided not only by our minds, but even more importantly, with our hearts. It may be difficult to fathom at first, but when the heart believes something is right, we feel it in every cell, in our bones and in our veins. We know it is right, only the mind at times does not understand it and therefore we 'hesitate'. The stronger we feel, the better judgement we can make.

October 17, 2009

Justice

It is quiet depressing to know how the world operates. Perhaps it is the capitalistic world that has evolved to become the world that we know today. Since all our learning s are cumulative, we must learn not to repeat our mistakes over. It seems to me that the world endures a learning curve that must educate the slower nations so as to make a wiser selection of paths to pursue, or at least ‘not’ to pursue paths that have already been taken and proven unsuccessful. In nations’ economic development, there are many factors that contribute to achieving such progression, however, the heart of the matter remains ‘pure economics’. The more a country could preserve in money, the more power and security this country enjoys. Our individual values are disguised under the ‘collective benefit’ and the ‘greater good’, when in fact it is our individual values that make those of our nations. How many leaders have the world witnessed falling hard for choices that they falsely believe are heroic for the good of themselves and for the good of their nations? Human greed and ignorance is endless, perhaps even the latter is at greater endlessness. How do we claim to help the poor, when in fact it is the poor that makes us rich by simply existing? How is it that we convince the world that our ‘international organizations’ are there to organize, when we all know that these are here to ‘control’ what they believe is for the greater good, or their greater good. How do you define ‘greater’ if ‘individual’ is very chaotic and indifferent. Which justice system do we go by? How do you define justice?