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There is nothing more important to us than our own awareness. We see the breathtaking beauty of snowcapped mountains, the exhilarating grace and speed of a cheetah on a hunt. We hear melodic birdsong in our gardens. We fall in love, or experience the joy of our child’s first smile. We compose and appreciate music, art, and literature. We talk and laugh with our friends and family. All these, and everything else we care about, are conscious events. If none of these events were conscious, if we weren’t conscious to experience any of them, we’d hardly consider ourselves alive—at least not in any way that matters.

When I’m reveling in a glowing pleasure, or even if I’m enduring a sharp sadness, I always sense that behind everything there is the privilege and passion of experience. Our consciousness is the essence of who we perceive ourselves to be. It is the citadel for our senses, the melting pot of thoughts, the welcoming home for every emotion that pricks or placates us. For us, consciousness simply is the currency of life.

Daniel BorThe Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning (via ludimagister)

lionofallah:

Ibn Umar Radiyallahu Anhu saw a man carrying his mother on his shoulders and roaming her round the Ka’abah.

The man said: “O Ibn Umar, do you think I have paid back my debt to her?”

Ibn Umar replied: ” Your effort is not equal to a single one of her labor pains. Nonetheless you are doing well and Allah will give you a great reward for the little you are doing. “

[Al Kaba’ar, The Chief Sins, Ad Dhahabi, 8th Major Sin, p. 38]

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lunalocked:

It’s easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day like today. But there will be dark days ahead of us too.There will be days where you feel all alone. And that’s when hope is needed most. No matter how buried it gets or how lost you feel you must promise me that you will hold on to hope. Keep it alive. We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope. People need that. And even if we fail, what better way is there to live? 

This speech is so important

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