Shukr (Arabic: شكر ), an Arabic term denoting thankfulness, gratitude.
“It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.”
Shukr – Gratitude
Shukr is a form of grateful acknowledgment and is believed to be a highly esteemed virtue in Islam. Shukr is the twin of Sabr. Sabr صَبْرٌ and Shukr شكر are Arabic words that stand for patience and gratitude respectively; two halves of faith, and the perfect philosophy to live our lives by.
Tuesday Morning Vibes
“It’s not the happy people who are grateful. It’s the grateful people who are joyful.”
– Brené Brown
It’s not uncanny that this morning, I attended Day 5 of the Prosperity Portal workshop with my teacher and friend, Nithya Shanti. The session began with Nithya sharing the above quote by Brené Brown. The highlight of this morning’s session was waking up in gratitude, living in gratitude, and going to bed in gratitude. Nithya constantly keeps reminding us to be even grateful for the things that don’t go as planned, or expected.
His mantra is to say, “How wonderful” for every little thing. Even when they go wrong! It may initially seem weird to say “How wonderful” when the mealy bugs attack your flowers, or when you wake up to a throbbing headache, or your proposal at work gets rejected. But who knows what the larger picture is, and what unexpected possibilities this seemingly impossible situation is presenting for you.
I tried this last morning, when I woke up feeling not too bright and well. Giving gratitude to my body and using my time to rest and reclaim post-breakfast helped. I also chose also not engage with the physical pain or feelings, or give them importance. Pre-lunch I was back to my desk working. By evening I was feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed. The pain had dissolved.
Arigato Gozaimasu, to my wonderful teacher, Nithya, for opening new doors of abundance and light. Also to all the participants of Prosperity Portal to be the guiding lanterns too.
Last week I wrote about Stacey’s Fox Under the Moon art on Facebook. Lo! Behold she wrote a beautiful post on her page mentioning Natasha Musing, this blog and my book, Travel Epiphanies too. (Grateful to be working on a fresh, second edition now). I was so touched by Stacey’s kindness and sweet gesture. Here are her words:
I remain in deep gratitude for the love and support of my family and friends at this hour of human duress.
I am grateful for this song, by Salman Elahi and the enticing mountains that I so love and miss.
Sending all of you biggest gratitude hugs, for all the love you shower upon me through your words, wishes and of course wonderful posts for #WordlessWednesday, and for always reposing your unconditional faith in me.
Shukran, Danke, Arigato, Gracias, amigos.
Infinite love, light, laughter, blessings and good health <3 <3
Natasha Peace Serenity Sinha
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