A Beautiful Coincidence

by Tehmina Mansoor, Meditation and Mindfulness Coach & Energy Healer

I met this beautiful girl in the mountains, in the middle of a valley, out of nowhere. She was one of a small group of children who came to us, when we got off from our van at the riverside. Most of them were selling eggs. But my eyes instantly caught this girl dressed in red. I kept looking at her, and she looked back at me and we kept smiling each other. After marveling at the beauty of the river and taking a few pictures with family, I went ahead to sit down on a boulder next to the river. She also joined me.

I asked what her name was and she replied, “Tehmina”. Completely taken aback, I told her I was also Tehmina. The next few moments, we both looked into each other’s eyes in utter disbelief and laughed at this beautiful coincidence – after all, what were the odds of something like this happening?

For the remaining very little time that we stayed by the river, she remained by my side. We spoke a bit, laughed and took some pictures together. When it was time to say goodbye, we couldn’t let go of each others hands and once I got back in the van, we kept waving for as long as we could see each other.

The moment I saw her, I knew there was something very special about her and about our connection. I felt as though as I had already known her, even though this was our very first meeting.

Have you ever had such an experience with a stranger? When you meet someone and you feel you have known them from before somehow? Sometimes it feels they have a small intangible part of you in them, and you can mirror them in yourself?

This beautiful interaction between us is something unexplainable in words but the following cuplets by Rumi are perhaps the closest to understanding what this could have meant: 

In fact your soul and mine are the same.
You appear in me, and I in you.
We hide in each other.

This meeting will always be one of the most treasured experiences of my journey in the mountains. Please do say a little prayer for Tehmina, that may she be happy and at peace wherever she is. And that she grows to be a beautiful princess and a warrior for her land and culture!

About the Author

Tehmina Mansoor is a Meditation and Mindfulness Coach and an Energy Healer, Founder of Be-khudi where she writes, produces and instructs meditations and other mindful content. She does Mindfulness and Meditations coaching and also offers Energy Healing Sessions. For more on this, check Dar-e-Bekhudi Page.

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This is neat - alumni from AKU-ISMC have set up an Urdu-English meditation platform to help people cope with the crisis of uncertainty and lockdown. We make a big deal about training future leaders in AKU-ISMC and sometimes that means people who have obvious positions of authority, like politicians, diplomats, scholars or entrepreneurs, but sometimes it means taking a lead in more personal capacities to try and make things better for others.

I'm truly impressed and humbled by Tehmina Mansoor and Zohaib Zuby. They are definitely demonstrating the kind of leadership that makes me proud to be part of AKU.

Dr. Stephen Lyon

Professor of Anthropology and Head of Educational Programmes at the ISMC, Aga Khan University,

London, United Kingdom