Finally done with classes, and I’m somewhat ‘free’.
I still have 2 presentations (Isotopes used to test for doping) and a report (changing a training proposal) pending. Things that aren’t remotely related to what I’ll be doing in the near future.. a Diploma in Graduate Colored Stones. I’m literally counting down each day till I’m done these little things.
Today I went to the November Jewelry Show for a while since I had some time on my hands. It’s interesting how the trade works.. The business itself is slow, well in terms of how we’re trained to think of ‘speed’ back in college or how we’re so used to ‘instant gratification’. It will take some time for me to slow down I suppose. My friends already get annoyed at me for being so ‘chilled’.. I wonder how they’ll react if I look any more chilled than this!
I’ll be going to Bangkok in Jan for the Diploma. That gives me around.. 2 weeks of winter break! I’m half jealous of my friends who get a full 40 days off! I hope I get to do something different in the next few weeks before I leave Hong Kong. The exams don’t matter all that much to me, so I’m going to block off a few hours a day to prepare for them..no more endless cramming
Thats college, but aside from that I’ve been reading a few things.. particularly this book on Sufism. I picked it up one day after Jummah one friday. When I get bored.. I wander around a bookstore. I find it pretty relaxing. This Sufism thing has always been interesting and I wanted to know more. I don’t think I’d know anything about Sufism by just reading a book, but it’s a start.
I took it to class one day, and a friend asked me what it was. I couldn’t explain.. so I just called it some meditation ‘stuff’. In response he actually asked me if I did that spinning thing like the whirling dervishes. He actually tried to imitate it but it looked like a punjabi doing a ‘balle balle’. Interesting to say the least. People don’t know much about Sufism, like myself.
I used to watch videos on sufism and even read small books without comprehension. Elders used to be divided on their take on sufism, they themselves wouldn’t have read a book on it. The just.. adhere to what has been told to them or repeat what someone else told them. But I feel like I understand the few ideas that it tries to promote, of ihsaan, awareness of Allah at all times and things of the like. It gives you a warm feeling when I read the book, it reminds me to be aware of Allah.
I do see some funny things like Allah is in everything, which is obviously not the case.. Allah is aware of everything but he is not physically here in everything, he is above the arsh. Some sufis promote this idea whereas other reject it.. There are many types of sufis and to put them all into one group would be wrong and unfair like the elders do. I think for a start its okay to see what you naturally are inclined to.. and then talk to the imam at your local mosque about the issues that you’re interested in or you are against. We don’t need a label.. to be called a sufi.. something our times tends to want.. I’m a..< Fill in obscure sounding arabic word >!! All of us are just muslim and trying to get closer to Allah in our own ways. We just have to make sure that it is sanctioned by Islam.
I’m only a third into the book. I’m finding it interesting and also trying to put things into practice. I do see some elements of the Law of Attraction coming up in this book and also other orthodox islam related material. Maybe I’ll post my thoughts on that later.
I’ve recently read some things on forming new habits. Interestingly.. it is hard to form a new habit just like that and this whole 21 day idea is a bit over optimistic. You need to go over a month in my opinion of repeated reinforcement. This is the real jihad people, forming new habits (and getting rid of bad ones). We are a people of habits, most of the things we just do because thats how we did them. I got really interested in tackling this a while ago when I felt that I could become muslim and more productive in how I use my time. So.. I came across this video by BJ Fogg. The main idea is to do something right after a strongly established habit that you already have. For us muslims this is pretty easy.. since we pray 5 times a day. We just need to do something after one prayer. Say you want to read more Quran.. all you have to do is tell yourself.. “After I pray maghrib.. I will read yaseen.” And just make it a point to do it in a row for.. 30 days. That way you establish a habit, and 30 days is just a starting point beyond that it will get easier to carry on doing it. Before you know it you would have made a habit. I’ve started my new habit and it’s going pretty well! This little hack from BJ Fogg has made it so much easier.. alhumdulillah!
That’s the little update from me. Hope to keep writing more often.