Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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salam ala Rahim
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen
wa salatu salam ala those who have been on VA will mousseline Muhammad Rasul Allah is Allah Allah you I know he was it was in
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my brother and sisters
let me ask you a question and you tell me what you what you think
what is the single biggest differentiator
between animals and us and by animals I mean mouse. So, take the most intelligent mammals say chimpanzees or something.
So, what are the different biggest differentiator between animals mammals and as human beings?
The brain In what aspect? Yeah, true. In what aspect?
we perceive our mind perception of our own cognition, perception of our own cognition
rate all the others right.
I want to include one more into it
which is the ability to reflect
The ability to reflect what in Arabic is the Fokker
with a double
the ability to reflect
so what is reflections
What do you how do you unselfish anyway,
total control internal reflection and our reflected abhorrent reflection? introspection.
100 pondering so what is wondering what what exactly are you doing when you're pondering?
What is the process? What are you doing?
Quack Quack, quack, conceited. All right.
Thank you about past, present and future. Think about past rather than future when you're pondering what you're really doing is you are reliving what happened.
seeing it or replaying those tapes in your memory
and you are drawing lessons from that correct?
What is the difference between brooding and pondering this difference brooding is just sitting on it this bad happened bad happened bad happen bad happen. So what
so what is what makes it positive therefore what do I learn?
In behavioral science, psychology, there is a concept we call it
Johari Window g j, Oh ha ri window and name like that because of the two people who postulated the theory Joseph loft, and Harry Engel. So Joe and Harry
the dog about the whole process of this learning.
And I'm being very brief Inshallah, maybe later on we'll expand it, that our four elements to that process, one, the concrete experience,
concrete experience, what happens to at a particular time. Number two is reflective observation.
Which is a reflection but it's a very nice way of putting reflective observation, in reflection I am observing.
So something happened to me. And when I'm thinking back about it, I'm now reliving that I'm playing back those tapes with a memory reflective observation.
And the third one and this is which makes the big difference. abstract conceptualization,
the question of what did I learn from this,
this happen? reflective observation, I am thinking about it, I'm replaying that combined therefore, what do I learn? abstract conceptualization and the last one is converting into action which is active experimentation.
concrete experience reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, active experimentation,
right. Each one is a stage in in our cognition in our understanding, and I said we will do the details over the coming days inshallah. But just give this some thought and think about your own life and say, what are the lessons you learn from life?
and try and make it into a habit of yours that every day, you ask yourself, what did I learn today?
What did I learn today?
And if you cannot answer that question I even say to people, when I do my workshops, I said we will keep a little notebook next year. But before you go to sleep, write down just one line. What's your learning for today? And if you did not, if you cannot write a line, it means that today's day was wasted, you deleted that in your life. You learn nothing 24 hours past
so for today, there is no difference between you and a cow.
used to drink sleeps and does stuff and you do the same thing and nothing else.
Because nobody remember in terms of census, animals sensors are a million times superior doors. There's no comparison.
No comparison, zero.
Neither inside not in smell, nor in hearing.
Right? Absolute raga with the animals can your your housecat, which is running around your house, sees things hear things and smell things a million times better than you ever will. You're not even evolved there.
It's a cat
so that your senses don't make you superior in any way, we are hugely inferior.
You use the inferior in terms of our strength. Also the biggest, strongest man, one medium sized dog can take you down in two seconds flat.
I trained dogs for I used to train dogs for defense work,
that all your strength will be 01 dog would take you down in two seconds flat and your day, you're finished, you're helpless.
What makes us superior is the ability to conceptualize things.
This animals cannot do, despite all their senses. So even though their senses are far superior, which means that their data input in terms of quality is much better than ours. But they can do nothing with it because they don't reflect
whereas we in terms of our data input, which is technically less, or inferior to that of a dog or a cat. But we do much more with that because of our ability to reflect. So if we do not reflect then why what are we comparing ourselves to? You can't even compare yourself to a cat because the cat is superior? If you are not, if you are not reflecting your cat is a superior mammal, you are a mammal the cat is a mammal period.
And how do I know if I'm reflecting at the end of the day, I should be able to write down myself? What is my learning today? Whatever that is, maybe it's a nice learning maybe it's learning which is painful, what not doesn't matter. Did I learn something new today? In my view, and Allah knows best. This is my understanding of the hadith of Asana, Salah, where he said that for a moment to have two days equal
is not possible because then it means he has wasted one day. This is the meaning of two days, two days equal meaning what
means I learned nothing. I'm here yesterday, today is like yesterday.
So one day of my life deleted, gone.
Reflecting and conceptualization taking out learnings from that reflection, this happened to me, I think about that. I draw learning from that.
And then the last stage is active experimentation, which is apply that learning in your life the next day, you do something different
whatever the whatever the learning was, apply the learning and see how it goes.
And that is where we find you right? Because it's not necessarily that every time you you extract the learning that is the best learning. It may not be.
It's a learning. Is it real? Does it really work? I don't know I have to try.
And so we apply that we try that in our lives.
Right? The ability to reflect and the ability to extract abstract concepts. The beauty of abstract concepts is that abstract concepts are teachable.
This is how your legacy Your sadaqa jariya goes because you are able to teach what you have learned. People are a lot I mean, learning is like breathing. Nobody can stop learning.
If you stop breathing, you're dead. So similarly learning is like it is reflection. It just happens. The question is, do we benefit from that? And we only benefit from that which we convert into abstract concepts.
Ask Allah subhanaw taala to help us to truly leverage
Our intelligence which he gave us and to make it a means of higher baraka for us in this dunya Welaka SallAllahu ala Nabil Karim Ali he was an article