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SLOW is the new FAST

The Fast World

Let’s acknowledge the fact that the world in general, is moving very fast, leaving us overwhelmed and we are constantly in that circle of struggling to keep up. Busy has become our default, and overwhelm has become the norm. Such that when we find ourselves in a moment when we are not busy, we find it difficult to just sit quietly and reflect, to us that free moment triggers us to open our phones and start scrolling.

Our modern lifestyle has opened doors to stress, its hard to feel anything even when we pray. We’ve become numb to things around us. Most of us even lose our connection with Allah (Our ultimate source of peace). Subhanallah! Don’t get it twisted I’m not saying its wrong to strive, but there’s a big difference between striving with purpose and drowning in the ocean of overwhelm.

Our Hasty Nature

We have this misconception of time and space, and as humans, we are prone to haste. And in our hasty nature, we find ourselves praying against ourselves and for things that are not beneficial for us. And Allah perfectly describes this hasty nature of ours in the Qur’an:

And man supplicates for evil as he supplicates for good, and man is ever hasty.[Qur’an 17:11]

We just love to rush into everything in fear of missing out. and so often we think we have to be constantly “plugged in”, or we’ll miss out. But it’s actually when we allow ourselves to retreat, get quiet, and have new experiences that we actually hear the whispers calling us to our next level.

Let’s Slow Down

Being slow calm and composed is a blessing from Allah. Blessing Comes when we slow down, reflect and just put a pause. Being busy and in haste often leads to Mistakes that has to be redone. Slow is necessary!  Stress, fear, and anxiety have a purpose in our lives, it helps us to know our limit. But when it begins to interfere with our well-being now that’s where the problem is. That’s when it begins to disconnect you from your creator, and from your environment. You begin to get angry for no valid reason, having doubts about things and being absent-minded. Come on! It’s time to slow down!

 

Benefits Of Slow 

  1.  Improves the ability to think.

  2. Reduces the feeling of stress and overwhelm.

  3. Improves your personal effectiveness.

  4. Reduces the likelihood of mistakes.

  5. Boosts the quality of your work

  6. Improves the relationships you have with others and your environment.

  7. Gives you more energy and better health.

  8. Slow builds your resilience and helps you recover quickly. 

  9. With slow, you exercise patience, acceptance, and gratitude.

We really need to allow things to sink in, and fully digest them.

How To Slow

  1. Night Prayer: Allow yourself to settle in the silence of the night and converse with Allah. Take time to fall in love with Allah

  2. Breathe: Learning to control breathing (through exercises like deep breathing) will help your body take in more oxygen, which helps to relieve anxiety, slow heart rate and stabilize blood pressure. It helps you to engage with your thinking.

  3. Be Present: If you need joy, then you need to be present in the moment.

  4. Stop Multitasking: Learn to do one thing at a time, ask yourself and refocus.

  5. Travel and Explore: Take a trip within your own city, or just walk around to clear your head.

  6. Switch off, Unplug and Relax.

I truly hope you find this beneficial. I’ve been offline the last few months handling some affairs, but also lots of time sitting in silent reflection, exploring new places, gaining new skills, immersing in nature, and reconnecting to the SOUL of my work and purpose. It was truly divine to just “BE” for a while, and the experience totally recharged my battery, connected me to new “soul – friends” and stimulated amazing new ideas to serve our community. And for that, I’m grateful.

Sometimes you have to retreat, in order to bloom. Take time to relax, unplug from the busy world and regain your focus. Thank you for dropping by, looking forward to receiving your feedback in the comment box, show me some love too by sharing with your loved ones. We need to SLOW Down and take back our power.

By |2019-07-16T15:47:35+00:00July 16th, 2019|Motivation|20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. kassberry July 16, 2019 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    May Allah bless you. What a write up!

    • aisha July 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      Ameen ya Rabb

  2. Binislam July 16, 2019 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Alhamdulillah all praise and glory be to Allah for giving us a gift of been muslims.
    As you know we can even slow be engage in the zikir of Allah like subhanallah walhamdulillah Allahu Akbak.
    Thanks for your remainder
    Jazakallahu khaira

    • aisha July 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Ameen waantum fa JazakAllah Khair. Thank you for that reminder too.

  3. Aisha July 16, 2019 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Jazakallahu khairan. It’s really a nice writeup to pounder on. It might be very hard to do so but it really helps.

    • aisha July 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Surely it’s hard to keep up with the slow attitude, especially with the fast moving world. But Alhamdulillah we’d slow down anytime we remember we have to.

  4. Muddassir S. Abdullahi July 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I like it, the blog post just portrays the Arabs saying that “the best talk is the shortest, but the best and most effective”. Thanks you. I wish you could have put some links of some write ups like this either academic oriented or masses oriented. Thanks.

    Jazakumullahu Khairaaan!!!!

    • aisha July 17, 2019 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Ameen waantum fa JazakAllah Khair… I’ll Insha Allah look into your suggestions, Thank you.

  5. Nuh' Tahir July 16, 2019 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Your blog is getting Richer by the day. May Allah mention you to His angels Ameen.

    • aisha July 17, 2019 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Alhamdulillah for a Mentor like you, still learning from you Insha Allah. Ameen ya Rabb! JazakAllah Khair…

  6. Amar July 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Very informative, I for one will take a heed from it

    • aisha July 17, 2019 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Alhamdulillah 😊! Mission Accomplished…

  7. Aisha Sani July 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Nice piece, it inspires me so much cos i am a victim struggling to regain my self and its very educative thanks

    • aisha July 17, 2019 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      You need to see me running around the clock, trying to get things done… it got to a point where I broke down with stress and anxiety, that was when I realized the harm I was doing to my body, mind and soul, then I began to SLOW…
      I’m truly glad this helped you.

  8. Sagir Tanimu July 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Nice read my daughter…
    I learn a lot from this article
    May your Ink never dries

    Allah yai albarka

    • aisha July 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Ameen ya Rabb. I’m truly grateful for people like you in my life. Alhamdulillah!

  9. Anas Saeed Garko July 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks abundantly for this and may allah swt improve your bleesing, one day u may even be a great shcolar

    • aisha July 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      Insha Allah Brother! JazakAllah Khair

  10. Modu kunjo July 28, 2019 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Masha indeed it’s a very important issue that need to be considered, Gaskiya it’s really helpful most especially to people like me that multitasking wants to become our habit.
    Allah yasaka ya Albarkachi Iliminki

    • aisha July 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Ameen ya Rabb! jazakAllah Khair for dropping by.

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