On Sunday afternoon, I met with a woman from a pole fitness class for coffee. I’d struck up a conversation with her after the first class and after the second class we exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet for coffee. I expressed how it was lonely and isolated and I was looking to make friends in the area. She told me that I can message her anytime.
She texted me later to organise to meet on Sunday.
It was my most profound dialogue in a long long time. It was so enriching and interesting to meet someone else trying to live true to their convictions and live life based on strong faith.
We talked about our faith-based practices and daily challenges in how our respective trauma can be so hard to get past. It is almost like, when you’ve undergone trauma, your mind and body doesn’t know that you are drowning and how taking a breath of air would feel and to try to swim towards it. It is only our faith that continues to give us the push and courage to seek it.
My friend Saiyad is coming out of a domestic violence situation. Her mother tries to control her and her husband controlled her so much that he wouldn’t even let her pray. Yet, she had the courage to leave all of that to find herself. She said that her psychologist asked her if she was suicidal and she said, “No way, that it is prohibited in my religion. I am a woman of strong faith. This life belongs to Allah and I have no right to take it away.”
I spoke to her about how a broken relationship, a relationship before which I didn’t know I was lovable, left me broken. It snapped my connection with myself and then my health suffered and I am still learning how to connect with myself and Daimoku is the only way I have found to do that.
She nodded and said, there are words in Quran that say, a woman is delicate.
It was a light bulb moment for me. Until now, I berated myself about how weak I was. But now, this explained it so much better, I am not weak. I am a woman and I am delicate. It is so telling in how the whole hormone system in my body works too. Everything is in a delicate balance and sync and something snapping one process, throws everything out of whack.
Now as with all delicate things, I gotta delicately put the pieces back together, to restore harmony and balance. Whenever I try to be forceful about it, it snaps again.
I am delicate and I need to put myself back together gently, humbly and kindly.
All for a grand life lesson in learning to be kind to myself.