Friday, January 1, 2016


Awareness is a gift from God.
Awareness of your surroundings in the moment that you are in.
Awareness of your feelings in the moment that you are in.
Awareness of what you would like to do in the moment you are in.
Bring yourself back,
Back to the awareness of what it is to be you.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Friday, December 12, 2014

Another Opening

The first book I ever read was Black Beauty. I remember that by the time I reached the end, i couldn't recall the first half of the book. Recently, I read The Notebook and by the time I got to the end i couldn't help the tears. I am pleasantly surprised to find that a book can be so stirring. Can any of you recommend something that moved you like this?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Journey as I see it now

The journey is a con when it becomes abstract and an intellectual pursuit. Sometimes a coping strategy and an escape from accepting the pain of a person's current circumstance. The goal of the journey, as I see it now, is for it to deliver us to a point where we can express our feelings openly.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

On Disturbing Experiences

I have had a habit of running from 'disguistingish' emotions. These are the ones that feel ugly; even in the slightist if they make my insides churn - i would rather be somewhere else, than face them. This I am sure has made many experiences inaccessible such as - of this I am sure - movies on real life drama. The key to solving this little mystery has been, for one part: gathering up the strength to face them (i.e. the more palatable of these 'disgusting' emotions) and for the second: the realization that experiencing them (gradually in a safe environment such as by reading books or adventuring to face them in real life when and where they come upon you as opposed to immediately shying away from them...) and also associating meaning or context to them transforms that same experience from a disabling one to an enabling one.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What I think of America

For the following reasons I feel America is as close as it gets to a successful model of society:

No one can play God.
It is a fair society with a non-corrupt legal system. One of the biggest implications of this is that if a Muslim business does very well and the powerful Jewish community competes with them, the Jewish community cannot damage the business of the Muslim group using unfair means. Owing to a fair legal system the Muslim business, like Muslim people and just any and everybody can fight for their rights and get them.

Everything is systematic, and therefore reliable.
In my work I have to sometimes re-use open source software components from various technologies to build a new software. This is possible for me because I can rely on open source software components to do their part, without having to tamper with them or modify their internal working. Each module is for me a black box that I can reuse as is. In America this is the case with corporate services of every kind. Therefore I feel that if you want to set-up a business, you can build it using services as components from disparate sources, to build a bigger business of your own; just as I do to build a bigger software.

No one is after you, they are ready to accept you.
If you work hard, are honest and don't violate the rights of other people they will begin to trust you, respect you and with the passage of time accept you as a fellow citizen.

The system forces you to work hard and focus on your own growth.
Everyone has to work hard. You have very few vacations in a year, compared to a similar job in the developing world. Labour is expensive as a result of which people cannot outsource their daily chores like they do in the developing world. This intense degree of hard work and focus leaves very little room for people to damage themselves or to damage others.

The country is not afflicted with chaos, therefore people are more likely to focus on creative pursuits.
In Pakistan there is chaos, rampant murder and unimaginable injustice. All this breads fear and in general causes the people of Pakistan to obsess over the reasons for the country's miserable state of affairs. People of America are free from such an obsession.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Building Emotional Muscle Power

The more you want something, the less power you have over it.

If you possess a great car or job for example that draws in your attention and makes you think about it a lot, it will do you harm to the degree that you think about it. In fact the more you think about it the more power it has over you and it is to that degree that it possess you!

The first step to gaining back control is to first build an awareness of the set of things that have control over you. The second step is to create a distance from those things. The less you think about them and the less significance you assign to them, will with the passage of time help you regain control.

Interestingly, this method is valid not just for tangible objects to which you attach yourself but also for intangible objects such as knowledge and social status. Here too, the more distance you create between yourself and the object of attachment the more you will reclaim your power.

On a concluding note I would like to elaborate on the meaning of power. By power I mean the ability to choose and make your own decisions. The less clouded your mind is from objects of attachment the clearer your perception will become and consequently the more aware you will be of your ability to choose.