These 10 tips for life are inspired by Sufism.
1. Look within.
Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.
2. Love all.
My heart holds within it every form, it contains a pasture for gazelles, a monastery for Christian monks. There is a temple for idol-worshipers, a holy shrine for pilgrims; There is the table of the Torah, and the Book of the Koran. I follow the religion of Love and go whichever way His camel leads me. This is the true faith; This is the true religion.
~ Ibn Arabi
3. Know yourself.
How will you ever know him, as long as you are unable to know yourself?
~ Hakim Sanai
4. Have gratitude.
Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life.
5. Deal with setbacks.
If a gem falls into mud, it will still remain valuable.
6. Have faith.
In this world you never stand by your own strength; It is the Invisible that sustains you every moment.
7. Be fearless.
Deep in the sea there are riches beyond your imagination. But if you seek safety, that is at the shore.
8. Ask questions.
Asking good questions is half of learning.
9. Expect nothing.
“The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’
Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights up the whole sky.”
10. Have no attachments.
Whatever you have in your mind—forget it;
Whatever you have in your hand—give it;
Whatever is to be your fate—face it!
~ Abu Sa’id
Robert Piper is a meditation instructor, happiness enthusiast and creator of monkinthecity.com. He studied with a Taoist monk for nine and half years, and traveled extensively to Asia and Australia in search of other meditation teachers. He has spent over a decade researching, studying, and collecting information on various meditation systems of Asia. Robert is currently in the process of writing a book on meditation to make the topic more accessible for stress relief, health, and happiness. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.
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Editor: Lara Chassin