Name Professor Course Date Sufism and Reflection on Meditation Introduction Meditation is an activity that I have always wanted to engage in. The challenge has been the idea of sitting down and taking a break from the chatter of my busy mind just to meditate make the exercise a frustration rather a relaxation. The goal of meditation in general is to free oneself from the heavy burden of everyday living with the aim to get in touch with true oneself. The idea of freeing the mind of the burden is a positive one considering the struggles that we face daily.My main concern about meditation is whether the time spent is fruitful enough as suggested. Clinical trials at John Hopkins University found out that meditation reliefs depression pain and anxiety. Am going to incorporate the breathing technique and the Sufi meditation technique. Sufi meditation has been described as a practice aims to reconnect our self towards holistic dimensions of our transpersonal being. Works cited Mirahmadi Sayyid Nurjan and Hedieh Mirahmadi. "The healing power of Sufi Meditation." ISCA 2005:30-55 Kumar S. "Emerging need for meditation practice in the community." Yoga Mimamsa 46.3 (2014): 90-90. Klinkhammer Gritt. "Afterword: on the relation between the understanding of Sufism and the ‘modern’self: mysticism secularity and identity." Culture and Religion 18.2 (2017): 181-190. Abdul-Hamid Walid Khalid and Jamie Hacker Hughes. "Integration of Religion and Spirituality Into Trauma Psychotherapy: An Example in Sufism?." Journal of EMDR Practice and Research 9.3 (2015): 150-156. Eaton Richard Maxwell. The Sufis of Bijapur 1300-1700: Social Roles of Sufis in Medieval India. Princeton University Press 2015:1-6 Norton Felicia A. and Charles H. Smith. "Intimacy with the Earth: Insights from the Sufi and Jungian Alchemical Traditions on Transforming our Relationship with Matter." Jung Journal 9.4 (2015): 58-75. Abraham Nicole. "Adapting Sufi Spiritual Forms to Promote Christian Spiritual Growth." Mission Studies 34.2 (2017): 193-219. [...]
Sufism is one of the most misunderstood dimensions of Islam—by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. To understand more about Sufism and its connection to contemporary spirituality, you will write a 5-6 page journal the reflects on your own experience with meditation. You will undertake an experiential exercise that links Sufi practice with other meditation forms that have recently become popular in the United States.