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Monday, February 27, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 481
Everlasting gardens, where they will enter, with rivers flowing below them, where they will have what they want. Thus does God reward the conscientious. Those who are in wholesome states when the angels take them, saying, "peace upon you. Enter the garden for what you have done." [16: 31,32]
Hadith of the Day:
Worship Allah and associate no other with Him. Perform salah, give zakah, and maintain good family relations. [Bukhari & Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
An expert jurisprudent is one who does not cause people to despair God's mercy, does not cause them to lose hope of refreshment from God, and does not cause them to feel exempt from the design of God. [Ali radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
When you feel yourself getting angry, take a long, deep inhalation, and as you do, say the number one to yourself. Then, relax your entire body as you breathe out. Repeat the process with the number two, all the way through atleast ten (if you're really angry, continue to twenty-five). What you are doing here is clearing your mind with a mini version of a meditation exercise.
The combination of counting and breathing is so relaxing that it's almost impossible to remain angry once you are finished. The increased oxygen in your lungs and the time gap between the moment you became angry and the time you finish the exercise enables you to increase your perspective. It helps you make "big stuff" look like "little stuff." The exercise is equally effective in working with stress or frustration. Whenever you feel a little off, give it a try. The truth is this exercise is a wonderful way to spend a minute or two whether or not you are angry. It's relaxing and enjoyable. Often, it keeps one from getting angry in the first place. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
PS: Instead of the numbers, if we mention "Allah" with each breath it will be rewarding as well, inshaAllah.
Food for thought:
Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless.
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