A good number of years back when I worked at Telus, a little coffee bar opened up kiddie corner to the office building. It was called 'Baraka'. I loved the name and how it sounded when you said it. It seemed middle eastern. Figured it meant Coffee House or something like that. You could sit up at a bar and look out onto Jasper Ave. The place always had a good feel!
So it was with great delight I ran into the name Baraka again the other day. This time it came complete with what it really means (not coffee house!!)! Baraka has several meanings/ origins but what the one that caught my eye was in the context of being Islamic. Wiki defines it as "Baraka, the beneficent force from God that flows through the physical and spiritual spheres." This includes objects, people, transactions and relationships. The beneficent force brings being blessed as well as bringing blessings to all involved. Is that not a beautiful thought?
Think about coming from a place of Baraka in your relationships, family, friends, our food, business, industry, community, the world. Taking the time to make sure that whatever the transaction it is good for everyone involved. When this occurs we will be blessed by the giving and receiving of kindness. This has the feel of turning up mindfulness just a notch.
Baraka is a thoughtful and generous principle no matter where you come from. Perhaps we could all infuse a little bit more into our lives! So on that note I wish you a 2018 full of health, happiness and all things Baraka!