(Arabic: صَبْرٌ, Perseverance or Persistence)
These Bitter gourds (called karela in Hindi) were harvested on Monday morning.
The planet continues to reels from the aftermath of the ongoing pandemic. While natures shows us how to constantly endure and bear the fruits of patience.
The 12 year-old called these bitter gourds, Mango Karelas as they are actually shaped like raw mangoes. Ha! Ha!
This little creeper endured a few storms, and now providing us its fruits of sabr/perseverance. Bitter, yet sweet “soulace”.
*Sabr is an Arabic word and one of the two parts of faith in Islam. It teaches one to remain spiritually steadfast and to keep doing good deeds in the personal and collective domain, specifically when facing opposition or encountering problems, setbacks, or unexpected and unwanted results. The second tenet is Sukr or gratitude
I also read somewhere that Sabr is trusting your inner strength, knowing that ease always follows difficulty; enduring the hardships and still being grateful.
Fox Under the Moon by Stacey
I am a fan of the art work, The Fox Under the Moon by Stacey. Her illustrations bring in a glimmer of hope. They keep the sabr intact in these troubled times; to endure with patience. Thank you Stacey for these pieces of art sketched with much love. <3
In these twisted times, I believe, returning to oneself is the biggest homecoming.
Last year the lockdowns lent people time to self-reflect, and discover their true selves. To value their homes and the abundance they provide. The comforting presence of family and loved ones who are looking out for them. Fresh, hot meals on the table. To live with loving kindness and gratitude (shukran in Arabic).
Despite the raging mayhem.
Here’s what I wrote in 2020.
In 2021, I am just grateful to be breathing, every single moment of the day. I sometimes pledge my breath to others who are gasping for theirs. Sometimes I choke on mine. Yet, I’m so grateful, to be alive. And breathing.
Let’s keep the sabr intact and hold our loved ones close.
This too shall pass.
In the last blog hop I had shared the original version of “Love Song to the Earth”. Here’s a real cute version by our earth children, the future generation who will benefit from our efforts to love the planet more than we have before.
Love, light and laughter my amigos! <3 <3
Natasha Serenity Sinha
(The 12 year-old believes this sounds better, than Natasha Peace Sinha) ;-))
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