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Dimensions…

“A flat, undisturbed life doesn’t usually reveal the beauty of human existence. [For] beauty is to the soul what truth and fact are to the mind.

“The beauty of life lies in its fullness, not in a preferred portion that looks superficially positive and wholesome… Sleeping soul sickness do we as humans suffer from it?… When and what was the last time you saw or heard something wonderful- that absolutely blew your mind away? That revealed an essential and some times hidden quality in things that stirred you in a way far deeper than mere satisfaction of curiosity? You realize that things have a pulse and are alive, and they can offer you a purpose for your life on earth; if only you see deeply enough into them. That revelation is the beauty of a thing.

“Beauty usually requires some imperfection, transgression, or lacuna. The whole of your being, the good and the bad, is the stuff out of which your beauty makes an appearance.”

When I read, hear, or enter conversations about Muslim life, I feel most would define Muslims as being one of a variety of things; but the “life” they lead is mysteriously absent either from the speaker or the listener. Confined it seems to an almost “iron-plated” list of things: Prayer, Quranic recitation, Hadith reading. Or there will be some “interesting” ones who will only point to certain destructive activities lumping all Muslims in the same category by fact or association. The process leaves you feeling as if you are either flat, one-dimensional or a powder-keg with a match and gasoline for companions.

But I ask you Muslim, non-Muslim, Atheist, Gnostic, Mystic, whathaveyou -when looking for the meaning in your particular life not based on what your culture or religion dictates, but what your inner world demands – What do you do?

Listen to music? Sit at the edge of the ocean, on a hill or mountain top? What do you chose that you allow it to take you in and affect you? Do you allow yourself to become this beautiful thing? “Do you allow the moonlight [to] get into your cells, the music change the very pattern of you very makeup? Do you surrender control and give up particular notions of solution and success? Do you trust the results?”

Excerpts from Care of the Soul and The Dark Night of the Soul from Thomas Moore.
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2 Responses to “Dimensions…”


  1. May 11, 2010 at 4:43 am

    What a packed post! I will have to imbibe all of it slowly. Much to think about. Thanks fro sharing, dear Inal!


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