In the medical field stress has been recognised as a major factor in many chronic illnesses the Dietary restrictions and medication are combined with various relaxation techniques in stress reduction to aid recovery...
Some time ago I read about a technique called Autogenic relaxation, initially developed by a German Psychiatrist in 1932 it is taught to patients in some hospitals to help in their recovery.
In a nutshell with this method the patient either lies down or reclines in a chair...and using the Power of Intention repeats Positive affirmations too himself, that he is being healed and is healthy... Typically the patient closes the eyes and repeats to themselves, " My Toes Feel warm and relaxed they are healthy and I am healed" the patient then moves on to the ankles, calves scanning the entire body from head to toe, repeating the same script " I feel Warm and relaxed I am healed" until they have scanned the entire body including the internal organs.
It is a deep relaxation technique, when I came across this technique I remembered Scholars mention that Daily one should make Shukr for the blessings of the entire body, so I decided to combine the above technique with Shukr.... That is make intention and Dua for the healing of the Body, and then mentally scan the Body with eyes closed " AlhamdulillahWaShukrulillah through the NOOR of ALLAHS rahmah I am being Healed and Healthy" and doing that by mentioning all the limbs and organs of the entire body.
To cut a long story short a year ago due to health issues I had a Blood test done and showed up various illnesses and vitamin deficiencies and the pessimistic attitude of the Doctor concerning the future left me feeling depressed. Today I got the results of my most recent test Alhamdulillah Wa Shukrillah my health has improved drastically.
There have been various studies on the healing Power of Gratitude...
We have the example of Hazrat Ayub (Alayhi Salaam) it is one of the stories from the Quran that always brings tears to my eyes, he was afflicted with difficulties but remained steadfast in Thankfulness and Sabr you can listen about his story here... youtu.be/rJaxtp3wXLk
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In an increasingly complicated world, it is essential to revisit our core values. One of them is about being unconditionally thankful,
One of the most fundamental aspects of Islam is ‘shukr’, or gratitude. Our faith teaches us that all aspects of life are from our Creator. However, many people do not express gratitude unconditionally and they choose instead to complain, criticise and whine about all the negative people and things in their lives. Gratitude does not mean being thankful for only the good things that you have in your life. Rather, it refers to being in a positive state of appreciation despite challenges and pains.
So why is being grateful so important? One of the five Pillars of Islam calls for Muslims to pray, allowing us to also give thanks to Allah. Al-Qur’an surah Ibrahim ayat 7 mentions this about gratitude: ‘If you are grateful, I will surely give you more and more’ (Qur’an 14:7).
Science has shown us the benefits that gratitude has on our physical and mental health This research has gone into detail on how being grateful has immense mental, social and physical benefits. Grateful people have higher levels of well being. They are more productive at work, enjoy higher levels of happiness and have stronger family and social relationships.
BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE
Grateful people tend to be more optimistic and less prone to depression or stress. Research also has shown that they tend to take better care of their health with proper eating habits and regular exercise
People who regularly express gratitude are more at peace and more creative.
What our mind focuses on, we attract (especially when doing our du’as). By being consciously aware of all our blessings, we focus on what we want to attract more of in our lives.
Gratitude improves relationships. Just say a simple ‘thank you’ to someone for something they have done and watch their face light up.
Imagine when you are in a state of gratitude in your life, you will naturally have the love within yourself to see the good in people. This can open ways for you to understand others better.
Gratitude also sets your emotions and moods in a positive state
Being thankful allows us to be more spiritual when connecting with our Creator. A grateful state can make a person more focused in prayers. Grateful people also tend to be more productive and charitable, and contribute more to others because they have a mindset of abundance. Gratitude gets people to think beyond the self and leads us to offer help to those in need
‘Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.’
Tips to best achieve the state of being thankful:
1. Keep a ‘gratitude journal’. Every morning after fajr prayers, write down all the things that you are grateful for in your life. You can do a mental list, but I prefer to write them down so I can read them again later whenever I feel down. Keep writing in the journal when new things happen that make you feel happy. It can be as simple as finding a great parking space at the mall. Keep writing and growing your list
2. Divide your age by three and list all your accomplishments in each of these parts of your life. Write all the things that you have done during your lifetime that made you feel happy or grateful. As you write them down, reflect also on the challenges you faced before each accomplishment was attained. Keep growing this list, too
3. Do the 48-hour ‘fast’ of not complaining, criticising, blaming or justifying. If you at any time ‘break the fast’ — even with a negative thought about someone or something — start your fast again back at zero. Have fun with this activity. You will learn to quickly switch your mind towards positive things. It took me almost two years to complete my ‘fast’, but it was well worth it
4. Take action on that gratitude. Visit a shelter, an orphanage or a nursing home and volunteer your time to help those in need
Start doing these now, and you will see wonderful changes in your life.
I borrowed the following article from the Start With Self thread link below.
Gratitude a Cure for Depression.!
For those going through difficulties I thought I would share my own personal experience and Insha’Allah it may be of some benefit.
Well it is a long story but to put in a nutshell, a few years ago I suffered from a mental breakdown, the Anti-depressants the Doctor put me on made the symptoms worse, so during those months out of desperation I started looking for Islamic solution even with my mental state I was able to identify that I had allowed my mind to be filled with thoughts of selfpity “Why me?”
Well I read a chapter on the Benefit of Shukr by Imam Ibn Alawi Haddad in his book of assistance, and so to help counteract the Depression and thoughts of selfpity and despair I made a point of trying to force myself to express perpetual shukr throughout the day. So daily I developed a routine whereby I would get up in the morning say Alhamdulillah for new day, sit up in bed say Alhamdulillah for giving me the tawfiq to sit free from pain. Walk to the Bathroom say Alhamdulillah for giving me the tawfiq to walk.
Upon Drinking glass of water Alhamdulillah for the blessings of being able to receive water through a tap, Alhamdulillah for giving me a glass to pour it in, Alhamdulillah for giving me hands to hold the glass Alhamdulillah for being able to swallow the water, Alhamdulillah, for quenching my thirst.
Essentially trying to focus my mind on Gratitude, instead of negative thoughts of selfpity and despair. Every time I had a negative thought I would immediately try to combat it by reflecting on some blessing and expressing gratitude. Even though initially my expressions of gratitude seemed a bit mechanical, and insincere. But ever so slowly I genuinely started to feel more grateful, and the depression started to dissipate.
During that time I shared this method of non-stop shukr with a couple of friends and they both found the results to be staggering, one of them set the Alarm clock on his mobile to go off after every hour. So every hour on the hour he would try and reflect on everything he did or was able to accomplish during the previous hour and express Gratitude.
Having a couple other friends do it with me helped quite a lot, we would report back to each other every week as to how we got on! and would feed of each others enthusiasm, and energy, and that helped me remain steadfast with this method of Zikr.
So the above outlined method was an essential part of my recovery during those few weeks. And it was spiritually a very powerful experience.
Here is an Extract from the book of assistance on blessings of Gratitude.
You must thank God for all that he has favoured you with. you have no good thing, whether outward or inward religious or worldly, but that it comes from Him.
He has said Exalted is he: Whatever good thing you have is from God.(XVI:53), Gods favours upon you are more than you can number or be aware of, let alone adequately thank Him for. If you would count the favours of God you cannot number them. (XIV:34) .
If the poor and sick among the people of monotheism reflected on God’s favours upon them they would become too intoxicated by giving thanks to feel the hardship of patient endurance. you should do as much as you can to thank your Lord and confess your total incapacity to do so adequately.
Know that thankfulness leads to the perpetuation of favours already received and to the obtaining of others that are desired. God the Exalted has said: If you give thanks, I shall surely increase you (XIV:7) He is, Exalted is He, too Generous to take away a favour from someone who is thanking him. He has said, Exalted is He: That is because God never changes a blessing he has bestowed on any people until they first change what is in themselves, ( VIII:51) that is their neglecting to give thanks………..
Imam Abdallah Ibn Alawi Al Hadad (May Allah bless him abundantly and confer His Mercy upon him)* Taken from ‘The Book of Assistance’
And Allah سبحانه وتعالى has exhorted His servants to render thanks to Him many times in His book:
(Eat of the good things with which We have provided you and give thanks to ALLAH if it is indeed Him That you worship (II:172) Eat of the provision of your Lord and give thanks to Him. (XXXIV:15)
And the Prophet, may blessings and peace be upon him, has said: ' Let each of you have an invoking tongue and a thankful heart.' and: ' Faith has two halves: one is patience and the other thankfulness.'
Know that just as you must thank Allah for favours which are proper to you, such as knowledge and health, you must also thank Him for favours which are general, such as the sending of Messengers, the revelation of Books, raising up the sky, and stretching out the earth.
The basis of thankfulness is that the heart be aware of such favours, that they are from Allah alone, and that nothing comes to one through own ability and power, but only through Allah's grace and mercy. the limit of thankfulness is to use each one of his favours in his obedience; If you do not do so you will have neglected to give thanks for it, and if you use them to disobey Him you will have fallen into ingratitude, whereby favours turn into afflictions. Anyone who still enjoys some favours while using them in disobedience to Allah is being lured. Allah the Exalted has said; ( We shall lure them from whence they do not know. (LXVIII:44) And: (we only give them rein so that they may grow in sinfulness. (III:1786) Similarly ' Allah gives rein to the wrongdoer until He takes him. He does not let him go.' (hadith).[/B]
It is part of thankfulness to praise Allah سبحانه وتعالى frequently, and to rejoice for the favours bestowed, because they are means of attaining to the propinquity of Allah, and because they are evidence of Allahs solicitude for His servant.
It is part of thankfulness, too, to make much of His favours, even those that are small. it is related that Allah once said to one of his Prophets: ' Whensoever I grant a poor grain of wheat, know that I have remembered you there by; therefore thank me for it.'
It is part of thankfulness likewise to speak of Allah's favours without, however, digressing into anything that might suggest self-righteousness in religious matters or insolence in matters of the world. deeds are according to the intentions behind them. And all good comes from following our virtuous predecessors in all circumstances; and Allah knows best.
Imam Abd'Allah ibn alam al-Hadadd (RA)
extract taken from 'The Book of assistance.'
'When you ask people how are you doing? You hear the worst type of expressions about how bad things are and how terrible things are, and in the process we stop being Grateful we are no longer thankful.
We are so busy thinking about what we do not have, that we forget too enjoy what we have. We are very ungrateful and this whats happening now.
It is said that at one time Umar ibn Al Khattab (May ALLAH be Pleased with him), heard a man making a strange Dua "Oh ALLAH make me amongst the few." So ‘Umar grabbed him and said to him, “Woe unto you who is this minority that you are speaking about?” (what is this Dua?) And the man said 'Oh Umar dont you know that' , “Allah in His Book says ‘And few of My servants are grateful.'(Qur’an 34:13)”
So he was asking ALLAH to make him amongst those who are grateful. But you know what we understand gratefulness to be when you move to a new house "Alhamdulillah". But what about the house you had no "Alhamdulillah" for that? When you buy a new car "Alhamdulillah" what about the one you had before, no "Alhamdulillah for the one you had before?
We think we are supposed to be grateful to ALLAH only when big things happen to us.'
Shaykh Yassir Fazaga.
(Roughly transcribed by myself from a lecture)
The Reference for the above anecdote: Al-Qurtubi reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, heard a man saying, “O Allah, make me among the few.” Umar said, “What is this supplication?” The man said, “I refer to the saying of Allah the Exalted: And few of my servants are grateful.” (34:13) Umar said, “All of the people know better than you, O Umar!”
'Here in America the majority of people in any previous time, they would be considered like those living in palaces. The idea of having running water! In this country in the 1930's there was still about 70% of Americans who did not have running water.
The fact you can take a hot shower by just turning a nob people dont even think about...In Mauritania Wallahi! where Murabit al Hajj lives there's three women, whose job is too bring water everyday.
It takes them about two hours to go get the water, it takes them about an hour to fill it up, and it takes them about two hours to comeback. Five hours everyday just too bring drinking water to their village, and thats their life They have to load the donkeys with the water containers, and when they drink water Wallahi! they say ( out of deep heartfelt feelings of shukr) "ALHAMDULILLAH" " NIMATULLAH" (Blessing of ALLAH) and their water is brown and most of them have urinary problems because of the sediment in the water...!'
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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