Who We Are
Who We Are
Be-khudi came to life with the belief that we as humans possess an inconceivable power within us that can be found once we begin to seek it. It is this state of being where we transcend the limitations of our mind, into the depths of our soul, to discover this power where you find great joy and lasting peace.
We welcome you on this journey with us!
Tehmina Mansoor is a Founder at Be-khudi, where she writes, produces, and instructs meditations and mindful content. She is a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher from the School of Positive Transformation, and has also completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course certifications; both completed from the USA. Additionally, she holds a Diploma in Chakra and Aura Healing, UK and a diploma in Reiki Level Two: Usui Shiki Rohoyo, Pakistan.
Ever since I was a child, I faced several health-related issues that took me to dream of becoming a doctor. Life, however, had other plans for me. I landed at a Business School, graduating with a B.A in Business Administration. Soon after, I began working at an NGO, The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF), where I worked on education for the underprivileged children in Pakistan and simultaneously co-founded a Youth Movement “Uraan” (flight) with a focus on Street Children. I later went on to pursue my postgraduate study from the Aga Khan University (ISMC), the UK with a major in Anthropology and Development Studies. After my return to Pakistan, I worked in several organizations in the development sector, such as USAID, DFID, and Engro.
However, over the years, I stopped finding meaning in what I was doing and everything started to fall apart. I went through a difficult journey, where I battled with depression and strived to recognize the significance of my existence. This struggle ultimately brought me to find my home in dedicating myself towards mental and spiritual well-being. I started practicing Meditation and Mindfulness and whilst training for it, I had the privilege to design and teach curricula on ‘Mindfulness for Young Teens’ and ‘Comparative Spirituality’ at a local IB school. I later went on to offering individualized training in Meditation and Mindfulness and continue to do so.
Learning about self-development, therapeutic practices, and holistic healing is where my heart lies, and seeing its transformative effects in my own life, I hope to help others find the same. Through my journey, I have come to believe that with a regular meditation practice, we have the ability to transcend our mind and attain a ‘self-less’ state: one that is essentially you but also much larger than you, a space that sets you free from bondage to this world, a space where you are reborn, loved and enfolded in the arms of unimaginable bliss. This ‘self-less’ state for me is Be-khudi.
In fact, my soul and yours are the same. ⠀
You appear in me. I appear in you.
We hide in each other.
– Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
Zohaib Zuby is a Founder at Be-khudi, where he writes, translates, and directs art production of meditations and mindful content. He is an Assistant Professor at The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and a practicing Architect.
I have always had varied interests and time has made me an inter-disciplinary professional – with a practice in teaching Philosophy as Therapy, Philosophy for Children and Islamic Reformism; and a practice in architectural design with a keen interest in working on Affordable Housing and Sacred places.
I graduated as an Architect but soon after started working as a Social Activist after co-founding “Uraan” (flight) a youth movement geared towards mobilizing the youth through social reform, advocacy, and political activism. One of our primary concerns was working on the rights of Street Children. I later went for my postgraduate studies in Muslim Cultures, from the Aga Khan University (ISMC), UK with a major in Philosophy.
During my postgraduate study, I was deeply inspired by Wittgenstein and it was at this time that I realized that fostering an appetite for philosophical inquiry, a reflective character and devotion to consciously living by a resolute moral code are ennobling ways to live.
Not that it’s easy to live like this! But in my own journey, since my return to Karachi, I have come to believe that the human being is a seed of unimaginable power. We possess the universe inside us – that reveals its splendor once we find the courage to face our fears and the resolution to conquer our own selves. For me, Be-khudi is a vehicle to express our devotion towards an ideal – one that we believe in, one that we collectively and consciously want to find. And this state of being – is Be-khudi.
Not how the world is, but that it is, is a mystery.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein