By Hakim Abdul-Ali
There are many private moments in my life when I think that solitude suits me very well. Being the creative soul that I’ve always been, I find solace in being able to discover what silence and isolation really means to me.
I was in one of those moods recently during a very rainy day in my locale when I became involved with the ever-present reality check called thinking that was upon me. It was raining lightly outside my abode, and I ventured outside to observe the freshness of the natural air that comes with the majesty of rain.
I hope that doesn’t sound too strange to your ears, but, as I paused, I became aware of the beauty of the rain’s grandeur and the scintillating wet stillness of the moment. It was like I was being taught an awe inspiring, magnificent lesson in humility from the Most High Alone.
For some odd reason, I literally started walking in the rain, and I felt tranquil in my thinking moments as the raindrops gently cascaded upon my face and lower body. In my view, nature in any format is a divine example of what solitude can do as it teaches a truthful student seeker of knowledge a thing or two about life in general.
The fact that enjoying the richness of any of the living experiences from God Alone is something that I recognize and cherish in my solitude is a gift from the Creator Alone of everything and everyone. I try to do this with a spiritual understanding that this moment is especially sacred for me to be in because the next one is guaranteed.
Maybe, that’s why as I advance in age and with greater consummate understanding, I feel privileged to be able to see that there’s a blessing to be in the here and now by His Alone’s permission. Understanding that as I do, I also have come to know that savoring even the minutest things in life are usually the most important ones to observe and appreciate. Take nothing for granted.
That’s why I love the solitary moments that my life allows me to now fully grasp. I guess you could rightfully say that I’m a spiritual traveler in this phase of existence seeking “Tranquility as a Pursuit.”
When you reach certain levels of comprehensions about the various situations and arenas in life that you’ve encountered thus far, you should have learned a few valuable lessons from each one of those disclosures. I have and one of them is that I must be true to my own spiritual path as best that I can pursue it.
Listen closely and please hear me well. I know that there are some folk in “hue-manity” who are good souls and mean you and me well. I also have learned, too, that there are some others who, by the very nature of their deceiving actions, mean you, me and others harm and malice.
That’s what life teaches a true student seeker of knowledge about the complex nature of communication between “hue-man” beings. In some shape, manner or form, “hue-mans” of every ethnicity face those challenges and experiences every waking moment of existence, and you and I are no different.
When walking in the rain as I did (and oftentimes do), I realized that I was, again, really at peace with myself in the rarefied wetness of that God Alone created experience. It was wonderful for my mind’s unannounced awakening, in its private “pursuit of tranquility,” to feel so spiritually energized, even though the rain was getting a little heavy at times.
I didn’t seem to mind, because something marvelous was occurring in my heart and soul making me surrender any uptight and negative thoughts that may have been lurking in my subconscious. It was good to experience that solitary positive energy while savoring “Tranquility as a Pursuit.”
Like I said before, I’m a very creative soul, who doesn’t move to the beat in which others do. I dance to my own beat, and I think that applies to all ethnically created beings in their own individual uniqueness.
You maybe like that also, or you may know someone in your own extended worlds of existences who may be like that. If you are, or do know another soul who is like that, then you know that tranquility is a divinely admired spiritual flow to revel in, or at least desire to be in.
It’s like escaping, spiritually speaking, on an enlightened mental magic carpet to a special place within one’s self where inner tranquility and peace are permanent desired ports of call. You and I must learn that only we can make ourselves happy, so don’t look to others to complete the task for you.
Being a universal seeker of knowledge, I remember something that my sensei in martial arts taught me long ago from the lips of Buddha. I’m not sure if he was as a follower of Buddha or not, but he told me that Buddha once said, “Those who seek the true path to enlightenment must must not expect an easy task or one made pleasant by offers of respect and honor and devotion. And further, they must not aim with a slight effort, at a trifling advance in calmness or knowledge or insight.”
I’m not a Buddhist. I’m a Muslim, but I believe that much can be learned from any discipline, as long as it’s about peace and respecting others, no matter what they believe. That walk in the rain solidified my understanding once again of how precious “the pursuit of tranquility” really, really is the world today that’s seemingly, at times, appears to have gone completely mad.
That’s why I loved concept of “Tranquility as a Pursuit.” Towards that goal, I love the stillness of what the God Alone revealed to me, even in the dampening rain. Life is about living, and there’s no need to be hateful when you know that the Creator Alone is in charge of the universe, and all you have to do is submit to the peace that naturally dwells within each and everyone of us. It’s not hard to understand for a believer in the Most High Alone.
I trust that you understand my vibes for today because, respectfully, I believe that we all need some tranquility in our lives. Sometimes, it’s best to be alone to hear, see and understand what nature is revealing to us all as each moment in this chaotic existence becomes a sign of unquestionable value.
As I close, I’d like to leave you with something that a Turkish brother said to me over forty years ago about something that his mother taught him. She told him, “If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.” Think about that.
Hmm. That proverb is profound in so many ways. Knowledge is useful wherever you may attain or retrieve it. It makes sense to me as one who’s continuously seeking “Tranquility as a Pursuit.” I hope that you’re doing the same also. For today and always, that’s, “As I See it.”