‘Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment’
~Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi~
Remembrance (Zikr) is at the heart of Sufi practice.
Sufis anchor their awareness to the present moment through remembering what is most sacred to them. From there, they deal with life — both the good and the bad — from a space of profound serenity.
Of course, we don’t need to become a Sufi master to do this.
When the day is going too fast, when we feel emotionally exhausted, anxious and overwhelmed, it is helpful to remember what is personally most sacred to us.
It could be someone we love, the thought of Compassion, or the beauty of Nature.
Can Remembrance solve our problems?
Yes, if the problem is a cognitive construct: an exaggeration of our mind, portraying the situation as worse than it is. Remembrance dissolves it.
Probably not, if the problem requires practical solutions. However, it is the best place to start. We’re more likely to imagine creative, long term solutions when we are internally at peace, when we remember what truly matters.
How do we do it?
The entry point is Awareness in the Breath (hosh dar dam). We slow down time by allowing our mind to let go of everything, except our breathing.
Usually when we do this, our ego will try to madly hold on to the source of anxiety: “What do you mean letting this go? This is important! Breathing won’t change anything!”
If that happens, it’s okay. Don’t engage it. Let it pass. Just get back to your breaths; feel every inhalation, every exhalation.
Help your focus by whispering a phrase that helps you remember what is most sacred to you. Keep repeating it. Keep breathing, keep whispering.