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Tools for Growth

In this section, I review and recommend various tools for personal growth, which range from inspiring or educational books to motivational programs to ascetic practices. I am a big believer in experiential learning, as opposed to dogmatic teachings that declare one rigid path for everyone. We are all unique – each and every individual is different – in terms of our genetic make-up and specific upbringings; therefore, different tools are required to develop ourselves. The wise mystic, Shams-e-Tabriz, asked “How do you soften?” [soften meaning “surrender to God” or “improve yourself”] and says that “everything is softened by means of some tool.”

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