We keep coming back to this issue, time and time again, we keep emphasising the importance of forgiveness; and yet still we struggle with it. I think essentially the reason most of us have such a hard time grasping this concept is because its meaning is often misunderstood. Whenever we hear the word “forgiveness” most of the time we understand it to mean that we have to excuse, justify or condone the wrongdoer’s behaviour. This however is not the case, what is being asked of us is to alter our perception so that we can come to see the situation with understanding, compassion and empathy.
Meditation is an ancient discipline that has been practiced across many traditions, cultures and religions. Each has its own particular method; from transcendental meditation, mantra meditation, mindful breathing, sound meditation and progressive muscle relaxing meditation to yoga, tai chi and qigong. Although each method varies somewhat in form, they all focus on the one main principle; breathing.
Conscious awareness comes with time and practice. One of the easiest ways of mastering conscious awareness is by moving everything that you’ve done throughout the day into your conscious mind; so that you become consciously aware of every action you took, every decision you made and every conversation you had. Bring them all into your conscious mind.
We have become so focused on the Shari’a that we have moved away from the true essence of Islam – from the ‘heart’ of Islam – spirituality.
It is through spirituality that we learn how to truly love. And since love is the fundamental truth in Islam, we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our children, to our communities, to our planet, to the universe and ultimately we owe it to God to open our hearts and become more loving. By following the spiritual path we learn how to open our heart and how to keep our heart open – not just during times of happiness – but throughout our lives.