No meditation, no study, nothing can help in that direction,
except one thing and that is to keep our eyes open
to appreciate every little privilege in life,
to admire every glimpse of beauty that comes before us,
being thankful for every little love, kindness or affection
shown to us by young or old, rich or poor, wise or foolish.
In this way, continually developing the faculty of appreciating life
and devoting it to thanksgiving, we arrive at a bliss
which no words can explain, a bliss which is beyond imagination:
the bliss that we find ourselves
having already entered
(Sufi Teachings, The Art of Being, Vol. 8, p. 253)
The worship of God expands the soul towards perfection.
This is illustrated in the words of Sa’di, who says,
‘Praise be to Allah, whose worship is the means of drawing closer to Him,
and in giving thanks to whom is involved an increase of benefits.
Every breath which is inhaled prolongs life,
and when exhaled, quickens the body.
Thus in every breath two blessings are contained,
and for every blessing, a separate thanksgiving is due.