Farizah Sedek 2018-01-17T16:05:06+00:00

Seeking knowledge for a higher purpose.

Salaams and hello.

I am here to share my writings and my reflections while on the path of seeking knowledge. My aim is to inspire people to embark on this journey in the pursuit of the highest Truth through coaching, research and reflections in psychology and Islamic studies.

FROM THE BLOG

How to Look at the Unpleasantness In Our Lives

Tuesday, 16 January, 2018|

A sister recently came to me asking about how she may handle depressing thoughts and mood swings that come to her often, making her susceptible to acting out on them on her loved ones, which then sends her down the road of self-doubt [...]

Mindful Observances in Ramadan [Author’s Reflection]

Sunday, 26 June, 2016|

At the Mindfulness and Eastern Psychology seminar, an exercise we were given was the ‘cranberry’ exercise. I was fasting at the time and could only do the first part – mindfully observe the look and feel of a piece of cranberry that was in my [...]

Let Go of Fear

Friday, 2 May, 2014|

Wow. What can I say? The beginning of the week saw me disheartened and disappointed in this land I have come to love and now call home. And I cried. I cried for the injustice being dealt by a few ignorant people in [...]

Information & Insight: Are We Held Captive to the Damaging Impact of Technology on Our Cognitive Abilities?

‘We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom’ (Wilson, 1998, p. 294). Succinct, yet ever prevalent nearly twenty years since Edward O. Wilson wrote that statement in his book Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, we again grapple with the juxtaposition of having an abundance of information at our fingertips on the one hand and the bombardment of these very materials demanding our mental extension on the other. Thanks to technological advancements of our computers and the Internet, humanity have an unprecedented ease of access to almost any bits of data they desire, from the scholarly to the banal. However, tech insiders, the same people who have designed and programmed the very elements that keep us glued to our screen, have come out with a word of caution: ‘Our minds can be hijacked’ (Tristan Harris, quoted by Lewis, 2017). Are we then held captive to the damaging impact of technology on our cognitive abilities? Perhaps the more paramount question to ask is: Is there something we can do about it?

By | Monday, 20 November, 2017|

Europeans Gone South: The Silencing of History When Europeans Fled to the Middle East

Refugee crises are an old phenomenon. From the exodus of the Israelites leaving slavery in Egypt to traverse to Mount Sinai for the promise of freedom in Canaan, to the current state of the Syrians arriving at the world’s doors appealing to be let in, masses of people have fled lives of persecution under oppressive rulers or destruction under war regimes. The very idea that a ‘country’ exists meant that a land belongs to a certain people and not others. Territorial borders have been created, maintained and defended, the irony of today’s world of globalisation. Must it be so? Is it possible for the world to experience a paradigm shift in which its people embrace one another out of mercy and reciprocity instead of holding each other at bay out of fear? A look at recent history’s refugee crisis during the World War II, particularly of the movements of European refugees to Syria, Iran, and various parts of the Middle East, makes us wonder if those who are closing their doors to those seeking their repose have forgotten their own histories of turmoil.

By | Thursday, 11 May, 2017|

MORE ESSAYS

Europeans Gone South: The Silencing of History When Europeans Fled to the Middle East

By | Thursday, 11 May, 2017|

Contentment and Social Support in Islam

By | Saturday, 6 May, 2017|

Positive Psychology Reflective Essay: Religion and Well-Being

By | Friday, 28 April, 2017|

An Exploration of Happiness: A Conversation on Contentment

By | Friday, 7 April, 2017|