Monday, 3 July 2017

She’s behind a wall so high
that I couldn’t climb
but I’m going to wait outside
to see Maimun.

She’s my moon
and I’m her night time
when she comes out
and lets me see beneath her burqa.

Maimun takes it off:
          her burqa
          her shash
          her dirac
and lets me see beneath her—beautiful!
We’ve carried on for so long
to stop it would be wrong
we’ve fought for our love
even her father and Allah.

Maimun’s God frowns on me, mushrikin
“But that won’t scare me,” she says.
I won’t let go of my moon
‘cause she’ll be right here with me
even if my god is not Allah.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

by Lucy Adams

There are probably a lot of skeptics who, after reading the header, will be negatively disposed to the article. Let’s clarify that the claimed subject is the use of techniques of trance to focus, first and foremost, while reading, and has nothing in common with hypnosis that represents some popular TV shows.
And now let’s dig deeper into the issue along with Lucy Adams, an outsourcer from the best essay service.
Trance as a Mental State
Trance is a state of the psyche that connects conscious and unconscious mental functioning of the person. An internal focus of attention—that is a focus on images, memories, dreams, and feelings (not on external factors, as in the case of conscious perception)—is one of the features of this condition.

A state of trance is known to every person; to get into it, you don’t need to have any special skills or carry out certain manipulations.

Think: have you ever had a situation when returning home after a hard day, you boarded the bus, started to think about something, and then it turned out that it’s time to go out? Has it ever happened that while reading a book or watching a movie, you thought that you were a direct participant of the events? Another similar condition (in physiological terms) is what a person feels for a few moments before sleep when the mind is still working.

The above examples perfectly illustrate the manifestations of trance, which is familiar to everyone. By nature, they are the stable form of focus and concentration that a person can achieve at will. Therefore, despite the fact that the process belongs to the unconscious, there are techniques to achieve a trance state consciously. We will talk about them later; first, let's understand how such a skill can be applied to self-development.

M. Erickson, an American psychiatrist who devoted his career to the study of medical hypnosis, and whose model became the basis of neuro-linguistic programming, assured that being in trance has a therapeutic effect. This condition is analogous to rebooting the computer and allows you to complete "unnecessary operations" and relieve stress.

J. Rider, a Ph. D., psychologist, and hypnotherapist is confident in the positive impact of trance on memory. The easiest example is when you can't find the right thing, but then you sit down, focus on the subject, and suddenly recall everything associated with it and finally, find it. This is a light form of self-hypnosis, characterized by orientation and internal focus. In this state, a person can much more effectively memorize information when reading.

Below are two techniques of self-hypnosis. The first allows to concentrate better, for example, when reading; the second is for relaxation.

#1 Attention Focus When Reading

  • Eyes fixation. Put the book in front of you and slightly above the line of sight. Focus all attention on the text and avoid any distractions.
  • Visualization. This method lies in the ability to immediately transform every read word into the image before understanding the meaning. You even don’t have to guess the meaning; once you read a word, transform it into the image.Simply put, you must be a director making a film based on the book—not using a camera but your imagination. If you can do this, then you will recede into the background, because all your thoughts will be occupied by what is happening. In fact, this is the state of trance. It differs from the usual careful reading by the fact that you don't perceive the value of words but are focused on the action they described.
  • Turn on other senses. An atmosphere that is close to what you read promotes the trance state. Although you can’t create it around, try to influence your feelings. For example, reading a summer novel, turn up the sound with the sound of the surf or read on the sun-drenched balcony, but don't concentrate on these things.
#2 Relaxation When Reading
If you read a lot, sometimes you get overloaded and need to relax. Go through the steps below:
  1. Sit in a lit place where nobody will disturb you. Remove shoes and tight clothing, sit comfortably.
  2. Focus on the object at the other end of the room; it can be a bed, a picture, a chair—whatever—the key is that this object must be above a line of sight. It means when looking at it, your eyes are slightly upwards.
  3. Then, start saying to your something like: "My eyelids are becoming heavier and will be closed soon." As you notice that you’re entering a state of trance, do not try to overcome it; as soon as the desire becomes overwhelming, close your eyes.
  4. Slowly take a deep breath through your nose and hold it for 10 seconds. Exhale through slightly open lips with a slight whistle.
  5. Repeat these breathing exercises until you feel relaxed. During the entire exercise, try to feel the wave of heat and gravity which passes through the body from head to toes.

    About the Author: Lucy Adams is a blogger and writer. She’s a generalist that never refuses to cover intriguing topics. Typically, Lucy is focused on education, writing, and books. But from time to time, she moves away from those niches to cover something burning and innovative. Feel free to share your ideas with the blogger and be sure, very soon you’ll get a high-quality piece in return.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Too much hatred in love
and my heart can’t take it no more
Too much fighting
I’m too weak to fight any more
Relationships break too soon
Marriages don’t last
I don’t know how we came to this
Tell me how did this happen
Babe we can’t work it out:

Too much confusion
and I don’t know which way to go
Too much distance
and I can’t catch up no more
The fire gone too soon
Lovers no longer love
I don’t know how to fix it
Tell me how did this happen
Babe we can’t work it out:

Tell me how did this happen
We can’t work it out
You want the easy way out—

But I know if I love you the way I say I do
I’d give you what you’re asking for

O No, but yes
I gotta give you what you asking for
‘Coz I love you. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017
I don’t see much of your body
Only soles of your feet below your gorgorad, your hands
and your beautiful hijab’d-face
I steal glances at you
when the
garbasaar slips as you work
and I glimpse creamy arms
yet you deny me the privilege of seeing:
you cover yourself hastily.

Underneath your dirac
is the body I dream of
that’s where my thoughts hide
underneath your
is the territory I want to conquer.

Underneath your shash
is the silky hair that you forever hide
that’s where I want to run my fingers through
and tell you an endless story
but you’re tied to your manners
required of you by religion
another man owns the place.

Underneath your dirac
wherein my thoughts lie
I want to unravel the mystery of your body
would you let me
if my God were called
by the name of your God—Allah?

[1] Gorgorad – the underskirt worn by Somali women
[2] Garbasaar – the shawl Somali women cover their upper body with
[3] Dirac – Somali women dress
[4] Guntiimo – a long stretch of cloth for Somali women tied over the shoulder and draped around the waist
[5] Shash – headscarf  for Somali women

Saturday, 1 April 2017
O soul of my soul, in whom I melded into
You have granted my wish
To be espoused to you
And now while awaiting
The day to walk down the aisle
Let’s go home
I’m still the daughter of my birth who struck fear
Into the father, who watched me like a hawk
And wished never to be dowered
To see his house void of me.

A great marvel then it would be
The day I become your wife
Thy surname to derive.
In the house from which is born my happiness
joyously we shall