Everyone has heard about meditation. I use meditation in many different ways throughout my day--particularly when I am having an unusually stressful one. If I am in the middle of a crowd in a very busy airport with literally thousands of people milling about, I can find my center and find my inner space of peace. Of course, after several decades of practice, with a few deep breaths and clearing my mind of the stresses present, letting go transforms me.
Whether it is through Buddhist chanting, Yoga breathing exercises or Sufi-inspired thikr sessions, the act of meditation is the process of finding ones center. Locating ones center is an important step in finding your path of inner peace. I do suggest that each client find a system that they are comfortable with, and make it a part of their overall treatment program.
As discussed in my introduction, locating that place of inner peace is
the process of developing your holistic program--and your program may include other health-related services that you can locate through other practitioners not associated with our center--and we will be happy to help you locate someone in your locale, if possible. Depending upon where you are along your path, however, developing meditative
practices is an important aspect of healing. One can take a few minutes to
begin, and after a short period of time, you can increase your time in
meditation and at the end of your session, you will regain your
perspective and inner calm. It is through practice that you get better
and better at meditation.
As you begin your pastoral counseling sessions, we can begin to explore which method may work best for you and your circumstances.
The art of reflection – not very good at reflection? You read Quran, but you do not understand
Quran as an encompassing ideal. You
think about the subject for yourself and your inner being remains unclear. In order to turn on the light of deeper
understanding, there is a need for reflection upon the religious texts,
ideals and the concept of Allah. What is
your picture of Allah? Is it an Allah of
hellfire and wrath, or is it an Allah of love and mercy? No matter how confusing reflection seem to be in the beginning, you must give thought to how you will understand it for yourself.
As discussed in this website under Free Will, you will your God-given right to think for yourself and to act upon your best decisions. You have the free will to think
differently from family, friends and your community--you should not feel intimidated or coerced to make decisions that go against your best interests. Though at times it may appear that whatever you think or do is not good enough, but the most important thing you have to remember, it is your life and you must live it to honor yourself and your intimate relationship with Allah.
Focusing on Quranic passages can be very helpful in building ones personal strength. This is so because the Quran should become a close companion and a source of inspiration and a place to find reverence for Allah and self-respect for self. As part of your treatment program, we will discuss further methods and ways of focusing your practice.