Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
Our Brother Sadiq, of the excellent Mystic Saint blog, has asked that I give some advice on following the Sufi path of Love for those brothers and sisters who are not darvishes. And so, I offer this exercise in intention that has always worked for me.
It is a hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) that: “Actions are only according to intentions, and to each only what he intended…” Thus, often before I go out to walk to the Post Office or the grocery store in the small town in which I live, I say a prayer to God to allow me to be of service to any I meet on the way that may need it. Then I clear my heart of all other thoughts but this intention of service, and walk saying my zekr with each breath.
The prayer and sincere intention never fails when you walk for God’s sake; always, always, there will be some small deed of service that comes across my path; helping a very old woman struggling to get out of a car; a door opened for a person loaded with packages; groceries that needed carrying; a warm greeting and smile to those you meet.
Small things to be sure, but the kindness and courtesy of the intention is not lost after the deed is done. It drops like pearls into the heart, and each day the treasure mounts.