It had been a while since I read a good book, you know the ones that capture your soul and make you feel warm from inside? Where you are completely engrossed in the imaginary world that you create, where you cry, laugh and empathise with the characters? Where you can truly begin to fathom the essence of life?
Just over a month ago, whilst visiting my parents, my mom mentioned a book that I must read, a book that will truly make me question life, a book that will aid me in my spiritual journey, a book that will make me open my heart and look into my soul, a book that will make me ponder and dwell on the words and leap with joy as to how simple and beautiful they are. At the time, I hastily accepted to read the book thinking it will be a ‘heavy philosophical read’ and making a mental note to read it at some point when I felt inclined to do so.
I wanted to really finish the one I was already reading and I dislike leaving a book unread once I start, but somehow I just couldn’t get into it. And so after several attempts to just finish the book I finally abandoned it and picked up the one that my mom suggested from the shelf ……it is called ‘ The forty rules of love’ by Eli Shafak.
And it was exactly all that my mom had said, a truly beautiful and spiritual read. It was all about ‘love’, loving God, loving your family and friends, your work colleagues, even strangers on the street. And if we are able to love, we are also able to be kind and compassionate. I remember a number of people telling me throughout life….. but, love is not everything!! Love doesn’t feed your tummy, love doesn’t pay your bills, love is not all that makes a marriage work, think from your head and not your heart. Be practical, be ruthless. But I have always disagreed, call me stupid but I have always worn my heart on my sleeve. For me success is not about affording to buy a chanel bag (though that would be nice) or to have lots of money etc, it is about being surrounded by love and the memories that I create with my friends and family. I have no idea whether not being practical will come to bite me in the *** in the future; but for me I have always wanted to ‘live a little’.
One thing that I find extremely hard to do is ‘control’ my emotions. I have always been a bit short-tempered and get angry and irritated very easily, but something that I read in the book touched my heart, every time you feel overwhelming anger replace the persons face or your thought with a face that you love or something that makes you happy….and it will certainly prevent you from saying harsh words or doing something rash. Isn’t that beautiful. So this is my task for this month and I hope to be more loving and less short tempered.
We all worry about our jobs, finances, family, wanting more, being successful….. but honestly, how many of us worry about our souls???
I read this deeply meaningful story by Rumi ;
A tourist visited a Sufi saint.
He was astonished to see that the Sufi’s home was a simple room.
The only furniture was a mat and a kerosene lamp.
Tourist: “Sufi, where is your furniture?”
Sufi: “Where is yours?”
Tourist: “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here.”
Sufi: “So am I !”
Our life here is only temporary, during sermon at Church last Sunday, the priest said that we live in a world of game of thrones and the apprentice; ruthless and competitive, but let us not forget to live in a world of love!
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