Each year while preparing for a of much needed spirituality boost, I find myself amazed by how quick time passes by during the month of Ramadan. Thankfully, I feel like I made the most of its short nights and long days. I can say my sincere prayers were answered, one of which manifested on Eid. Eid was truly special, I had the joy of hosting my mother, my two younger siblings and my auntie. This was also my mother’s first time visiting since I moved out three and half years ago. Despite living in the same country and not to mention an hour away from each other. Anyway, enough about the “mother-wound”.
The focus of this blog post is bliss! So I went ahead and cleaned my flat, bought some fresh flowers, prepared too much food and even baked cookies. I went to bed exhausted. However, it was all worthwhile because everyone enjoyed themselves, ate to their fill and happily took home some leftovers. I smiled to myself that evening thanking my Creator for a successful day while humming to India Aries’ Little things
"Got everything that I prayed for Even a little more
When I asked to learn humility This is what I was told
Little things (it’s the little things) And the joy they bring
Little things (it’s the little things) And the joy they bring"
Post-Ramadan bliss for me is all about expressing gratitude, living joyfully and humbly. Continuously being content with whatever I feel blessed with, for what I am blessed with I cannot count even if I try to. Finding purpose and joy in the little things, such as the ray of sunshine on my face, the breeze of fresh air and glasses of cold water to quench my thirst. If this is not added bonus of bliss, I don’t know what is. Now this may sound easier said than done but I feel the need to make a conscious effort to remind myself to express gratitude for what I do have and to understand that there is indeed wisdom behind every closed door.
The reality is I may lose track of what is happening around me while basking in my own bliss. That being said, extra effort is required to let my “framily” know how much I do appreciate their love and support. My intention is to prolong this post Ramadan bliss in ways to remain connected to my Creator specially through my daily five prayers. Make a habit of weekly recitation of surahs I am trying to memorise and be the best version of Ummi. Lastly, be kinder to myself and to those I know and to those I do not know. As Shahbaz Mirza puts it, “In the end it is you and only you, we don’t say goodbye to Ramadan, we say goodbye to ourselves, our truer selves".
Picture:Wild north flowers