Contemplative Practices in Islam

“The World Is Too Much with Us,” by William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! …For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

In 1807, Wordsworth recognized a source of discontentment in the world. I’m not sure exactly what he was complaining about.  But I too was distracted by our world and all that was going on. The world made my spiritual life seem shallow and insignificant. I was wearing my religion like a paper-thin coat, to protect me from getting wet. My heart was like an impenetrable fortress.  By this time, I had been practicing my religion for more than 15 years.  Instead of evolving to find peace and contentment, I was falling back on my superficial self, feeling impatient, short-tempered, and discontent.  Despite my

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