Asalaamu alaikum warahmatullah, my dear sisters and fellow travellers.
Our life coach at SISTERS Magazine, Sayeda Habib, advises us to visualise the life that we want, in great detail.
I won't bore you with the details of my dream here but I will share with you some of the central characteristics of the 'dream me'.
"I am a Muslimah who honours her relationship with her Lord, who honours her deen.
I am a woman who honours the body that her Lord gave her, nurturing it with the right food, keeping it healthy, building its strength and stamina for a life of vigour, passion and service to others.
I am a wife who honours her relationship with her man, who nurtures it, never taking it for granted.
I am a mother who honours her bond with her children, giving freely of herself, taking her role seriously.
I am a family member and friend who honours the code of family and sisterhood, who takes time to be there, to remember, to share and to listen.
I am a colleague who honours her responsibilities within the team, who respect her team mates and is true to her word.
I am a human being with honour and integrity.
I am a Muslim who is mindful of all of the above."
That is the 'dream me'.
Now it's your turn to dream of a different you. What is she like? Tell us here or tell it to yourself but make it real in your mind and write it down, read over it. Let the vision fill you with hope and excitement about the journey to come.
Of course, nothing is possible without the help of Allah ta'ala and we depend on Him for success - but it starts here, with a wish, with an intention, with a du'a.
Get to know the 'dream you', give her a hug - give her my salaam. Tell her 'marhaban'...
PS> To read the article on visualisation and achieving balance in your life, click here.