Replenished Through Tears

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. ~Rumi

In life negativity is all around us along with plenty of positivity, of course. Funny thing is even though both are present we often choose to dwell on the negativity; ironically, that’s where we feel the safest.

I know when I’m stressed out or going through a phase, my mind is just a volcano erupting. I pollute my mind with all the negativity I have experienced in my life. This negativity builds up and sends me to lash out at a loved one for no apparent reason.

What I have learned throughout these experiences is I just need to cry. I’m just overwhelmed and need to relax and release the tension that I am suffocating my heart with. Since my heart is in suffocation and not able to breathe, I am allowing my mind to take over.

So if I just take some time to release some tears and replenish myself, my heart will be able to breathe and all that negativity will be released from my mind.

Tears are not necessarily a bad thing, it actually helps with a lot of emotions, of course I’m not saying be a chronic cryer, but don’t be afraid to cry because it helps ease the pain, tension, or simply makes you feel lighter.

As Rumi said, there is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. Release that power and allow it to take over.

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Badges of Honor

I recently completed the book, One Half from the East, by Nadia Hashimi, what an incredible and inspiring story.

A little background on the book, the book is about a family living in Kabul, Afghanistan, the father loses his leg in a bomb blast, which pushed the family to move to a small village and live with relatives who can take care of them, since the father was unable to provide for the family. The family consisted of both parents and four girls; so the parents, more so the mom decided to make the youngest daughter, Obayda, into a bacha posh (girls dressed up as boys, which allows them to behave and be treated like boys). Bacha posh is traditionally known to bring good luck to the family and eventually a boy into the family.

I won’t get into the details of the book because my focus is not on reviewing the book, but rather how inspiring Obayda, who turned into Obayd (her male name) briefly, was through her journey of being a bacha posh.

While being a bacha posh, Obayda experienced quiet a few trials and tribulations. The first was fitting in with the boys while concealing her true identity. She didn’t let the boys intimidate her; however, internally she was very much intimidated by them, but it didn’t show on her face.

Second, there were times when she struggled with the playground games and got injured, but she didn’t let that stop her, instead she referred to those injuries or bruises as badges of honor.

The third inspiring message I learned from Obayda was, she completed whatever she put her mind to. There was an incident where she went to the warlord’s mansion to visit her best friend without letting the fear of the warlord and his guards hold her back; of course she had all kinds of thoughts in her head, but she still completed her journey.

Lastly, it’s incredible how she built a walking stick for her father with whatever resources she had available to her. Although, her father didn’t use the walking stick immediately, but she eventually pulled him out of his bed and pushed him to use the walking stick, of course it was all unintentional; however, Obayda built the stick for that specific reason.

Obayda wasn’t just an inspiration to me, she inspired her father to accept his tragedy and move on with his life, which he eventually did and was grateful to Obayda for that.

The book teaches a lot of powerful messages through Obayda. She’s a little timid girl with such powerful strides that makes you wonder if she can do all that, then I can do that and much more. She lived in a small village with limited capabilities, but she still took action. Some of us have so much more capabilities and resources, but we still struggle to strive for a better future.

If you need a little inspiration, please read the book and you will be inspired and grateful for what you have.

Disclaimer: This blog or blogger is not in support of the traditions/cultural beliefs presented in the book.

Ray of Hope

Rush out in the rain to be soaked with the sky.

~Rumi

I was disheartened to wake up to the sound of rain on the day of my interview. I thought to myself, that the day was going to be horrible because it started with the rain.

I got up out of my bed moping and not looking forward to the day ahead because I had two interviews scheduled back-to-back. I was still tired from being stuck at work for 24 hours the day before, as if things couldn’t get worse, the rain came and added to my already tiresome week.

What I wrote above is one perspective of the rain, it’s the first perspective I had when my day started.

Moving forward, as I started driving to my first interview, it started pouring, struggling to fight the rain with my car, I thought to myself, “yay, free car wash”. That’s not the only positive thought I had, as I looked out my windshield, I started falling in love with those water drops. I thought, “how beautiful the rain is and it’s very refreshing, how can I think that it ruined my day”.

At that moment, I realized that the rain is here for me, to cleanse my emotions from all the negativity, to allow me to be free and reborn; and what better day to have it than having the interview for a new career. A career I only dreamed of and here I had the chance to seize the opportunity. The rain was my companion to assist me in my own rebirth.

After having the positive perspective of the rain, I started feeling extremely confident and happy; I felt like I was on cloud nine.

To conclude the day, both of my interviews went great and I passed them both.

So the rain was my ray of hope for a better tomorrow, a better me. That day I learned to embrace the rain in a very positive way and I’ve been enjoying every moment of it.

Like Rumi said, ” rush out in the rain to be soaked with the sky”. The choice is yours, make it a good one.

Humbled Joy

Oh! Joy for he who has escaped from this world of perfumes and color! For beyond these colors and perfumes, these are other colors in the heart and the soul.

~Rumi

As he sat there overwhelmed in tears of joy, covering his eyes to hide his tears from a room full of females, I sat there darting at him, then all of a sudden my nose started sniffling. As my nose started sniffling, a tear drop rolled down my left cheek, I immediately shuffled through my backpack and grabbed a tissue to hide my tears. The little boy’s tears were so piercing that I could not control my tears; I got up from my chair and walked outside. I stood outside and released a few teardrops to lighten my heavy heart. I contained myself and walked back in to the sound of the whole class singing happy birthday to the little boy. I looked up at the boy and saw the most generous, genuine smile I’ve ever seen.

I’m very humbled to have experienced that moment with the little boy. We live in a century where it’s very hard to find genuine moments because we are so caught up in the rat race.

So I encourage you all to take some time and just enjoy the little moments in life; observe little kids for a moment and your heart with will be filled with such joy, it’s incredible.

The experience I had that night enforced a lot of positivity in me. It allowed me to step back and observe all my pity complaints, it’s really worth nothing when you compare it to the aforementioned moment.

In life, we take a lot of things for granted and sometimes we need reminders from little kids to stop and embrace moments that we have and be grateful for it; not everyone out there is as lucky as we are.

“Still I Rise”

Since today is International Women’s Day, I would like to take this opportunity and share one of the greatest poems’ I have come across.

If any of you know any background on Ms. Angelou, you must be aware of all the adversities she overcame and how open she was about her life. She was one powerful woman in the day and age of being a minority and a woman in itself was a struggle.

So I encourage you all to read the above poem and absorb it to your core. Allow yourself to take a stand in your life and fight through your adversities. Be powerful and take a stand in your life.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

It’s an honor to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Ms. Wendy Murphy. I’m quite new to the blogging community so I’m still learning how the process works, but so far it’s been an incredible journey and I have discovered many incredible writers and Ms. Murphy happens to be one of them. Please check out her journey of an organic life. What’s great about her writing is, she’s a teacher and it’s great to get a teacher’s perspective on things. Here’s a link to her page: https://myorganiclifejourney.com/ .

1. What things are you most grateful for in your life?

I am grateful for life in itself and having the privilege to have food, shelter, and a healthy temple (body) for my soul to reside in.

2. What is the story behind your blog’s name?

Since my blog is focused on motivation, I would like people to discover their divine selves and explore their full capacity.

3. What food could you not live without?

Rice and pizza, of course. 

4. How has blogging changed your life? 

It has allowed me to express myself and interact with the virtual world.

5. What are 3 random facts about yourself?

Obsessed with sports, love to dance, and I to bake.

6. What do you hope to accomplish in 2018?

I hope to expand my blog and make a difference in someone’s life.

7. What do you do for writer’s block? 

I start listening to motivational speeches.

8. What is your favorite place that you’ve visited?

So far, New York.

9. How did you meet your best friend?

Through work.

10. Do you consider yourself a creative person?

Yes, because everyone has creativity within them.

11. Do you believe there is someone out there for everyone?

Of course! 

The Sunshine Blogger Award RULES:

1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for the award and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

1. What things are you most grateful for in your life?

I am grateful for life in itself and having the privilege to have food, shelter, and a healthy temple (body) for my soul to reside in.

2. What is the story behind your blog’s name?

Since my blog is focused on motivation, I would like people to discover their divine selves and explore their full capacity.

3. What food could you not live without?

Rice and pizza, of course.

4. How has blogging changed your life?

It has allowed me to express myself and interact with the virtual world.

5. What are 3 random facts about yourself?

Obsessed with sports, love to dance, and I to bake.

6. What do you hope to accomplish in 2018?

I hope to expand my blog and make a difference in someone’s life.

7. What do you do for writer’s block?

I start listening to motivational speeches.

8. What is your favorite place that you’ve visited?

So far, New York.

9. How did you meet your best friend?

Through work.

10. Do you consider yourself a creative person?

Yes, because everyone has creativity within them.

11. Do you believe there is someone out there for everyone?

Of course!

I would like to nominate the following bloggers, everyone is great in their own way, I definitely look forward to reading all their blogs:

Safe Haven; Anonymous Letters

 

Questions for my nominees: 

1) What inspired you to write?

2) What is your ultimate goal with writing?

3) Do you model your writing after anyone?

4) What’s your favorite place to write from?

5) What do these awards mean to you?

6) Do you feel like you are making a difference with your writing?

7) How long are you planning on writing for?

8) Has writing helped you in any way?

9) How do you engage with the blogging community?

10) Who is your favorite write at the moment?

11) What are some tips you can give to aspiring writers?

Love And Energy

If I love myself I love you. If I love you I love myself. ~ Rumi

I just finished reading The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, it’s an incredible book covering the insights of our energy. One of the insights that stood out to me is the insight on love and relationships.

When we fall in love, we tend to depend on our significant other’s energy quite often. When that energy starts to dissipate gradually, we start getting into attack mode and that’s when everything starts going downhill.

The book states, we ought to learn to have whole energy on our own so we are not co-dependent on our significant other. The whole energy is obtained while growing up, we ought to learn to absorb the energy from the universe as both sexuality.

Speaking from a female stand point, females obtain their male energy from their fathers or brothers and then they leech on to their significant other to make themselves complete.

According to the book, we need to absorb that male or female energy from the universe and make ourselves complete. If we are complete before we meet our significant other then our relationship with them will be enhanced. We will not be living off of expectations, we will simply evolve in our relationship with the unconditional energy we have to provide to our significant other.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, I encourage you all to become a whole on your own and do not seek others to make you complete. I know more females are victims of this situation than males; so to all my females, your whole energy is enough for you!