Don’t let a few grey clouds blur your perspective
I find that one of the greatest sources of peace and tranquility are found in nature. It is absolutely amazing to be able to watch one of the most powerful forces in action and to watch the secrets of the universe unfold right in front of us.
As I walk through my usual ravine walk, I pass by a stream on my right. I crouch by its banks, listening to it and watch as it flows with such agility. There is a definite strength and power to it, yet there is also a beautiful lightness. The water from this stream travels far because it continues to move in the direction it is meant to move in. It knows its purpose and is persistent in getting there. Once you have realized your purpose, move in the direction you are meant to move in. Be light, be agile. There is a grander force in effect.
As I zoom out and appreciate the backdrop of the stream, I notice rocks that lie beneath its surface. Above it, branches of trees. Alongside it, the rocks and grass. Together, they co-exist. One does not necessarily take from the other, nor is there a need for specific space. Together, they form a masterpiece. Co-exist.
3) Each grows at its own pace
Early in October, I noticed that one tree’s leaves had turned red before the rest. Today, while most trees are starting to turn green, it is still bare. Yesterday, it was the most beautiful of all. And soon , it will be as beautiful as the others. But each tree grows at its own pace and each becomes beautiful in its own way. Be you
4) Impossible is nothing
The plants have minds of their own. They do not just grow in the most lush of areas but in all places. It has an ability to grow in places that one wouldn’t generally expect. There are no rules for nature. Impossible and possible are just figments of our imagination. Similarly, the sky is not your limit, your mind is.Believe
5)External forces cannot be controlled
This year, our Spring is a little cooler than usual. That means that the trees and flowers have taken longer to bloom. Humans, may be complaining, but the trees, the trees and the flowers know that after Winter, Spring will come. The tree or the flower cannot control the seasons. Similarly, we as humans, cannot always control the external, yet we endanger our health thinking we can. Let go.
“What has reached you was never meant to miss you and what has missed you was never meant to reach you.” Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
On the last part of my walk, I noticed a greener patch. As I looked closer, I realized that there was a water drain right above it. The grass is greener where you water it. Start watering the parts of your life you want growth in. Love yourself. Love others.
6) Despite everything, His Light Awaits you
To see these beautiful forces in play is quite mesmerizing. What is empowering, however, is that the same Creator of these powerful forces, created us. The Creator of the Noble mountains, and the powerful Ocean, is the one who created us. We, as humans, carry the same potential and beauty as nature. It’s high time we start living up to it.
“It is He who sends down water from the sky. From it you drink and from it come the shrubs among which you graze your herds. And by it He makes crops grow for you and olives and dates and grapes and fruit of every kind. Therein is certainly a sign in that for people who reflect. He has made the night and the day subservient to you, and the sun, the moon and the stars, all subject to His command. Therein are certainly signs in that for people who use their intellect. And also, the things of varying colours He has created for you in the earth. There is certainly a sign in that for people who pay heed. It is He who made the sea subservient to you so that you can eat fresh flesh from it and bring out from it ornaments to wear. And you see the ships cleaving through it so that you can seek His bounty, and so that perhaps you may show thanks. He cast firmly embedded mountains on the earth so it would not move under you, and rivers, pathways, and landmarks so that perhaps you might be guided. And they are guided by the stars. Is He Who creates like him who does not create? O will you not pay heed?”(Quran 16:10-17)
When I aligned myself to you, you shone through me. And when I turned away, the favours of this world dimmed.
Amongst the ruins, I picked up my broken pieces.To my dismay, they would not fit. Only to realize you wanted to make me in a different mould.
As I watched the sky turn orange yesterday evening when the sun started to set, quite a huge part of me wanted to leap up, and stop it from setting. Another day just gone. Time. My scrambling for time feels like I’m trying to cling to water, only to see it escape from my every tiny gap in my very tight grip.
However, as sunrise of the next day approaches, I watch the skies. The sun has not surfaced yet but it has started to light up the sky surrounding its rising and within minutes, it feels like the entire sky has been lit up with its powerful rays.
It is in watching this process that I realize the sign that has been given to us, fellow mortals. That to our finite eye, or our finite minds, it seems like magnanimous entities or grand characters go away. But, in reality, it is our limitation in being able to be outside of time and space that truly restricts our vision. For the lover of the moon, the long summer days may feel endless; and for the lover of the sun, the lengthy winter nights are never-ending. In those moments of darkness, when the sun has just set and you stare at the dark blue skies where the sun once shone, it is difficult to think of the time when it will surface again, but it shall.
The trees are amazing examples. The winter seems to void the trees of all its life, its once green leaves turn lifeless and fall to the ground and turn bare. Yet, as the Spring approaches, the tree springs to life in its most beautiful of forms, and is brought back at its peak. Just as it blooms in all its beauty, the sun rises in all its brilliance and so does the beautiful crescent moon. We will meet again , in all of our beauty.
Another example is the cloudy day. It gives us the false pretence that the sun isn’t present. While the clouds do block out the visible light, the UV radiation actually becomes stronger. In the same way, visibly and physically a person may no longer be with us but their force and their energy is very much still present, if not more. A person may not be with us physically but they are very much present and it is a matter of time before the clouds go away and the sun shines once again.
These signs found in all of God’s creation are reassurance of our meeting again. It’s never goodbye, its only see you later. And for the time being, for : the sunless nights, the moonless days, the endless winters :
Rest assured. You are not alone.
“Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to be farsighted enough to trust the end result of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never runs out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.” – Shams Tabrizi