Unlocking Inner Peace with Zikr e Qalbi: A Simple Sufi Practice for Self-Discovery

Zikr e Qalbi, or "remembrance of the heart," is a profound Sufi practice that fosters inner peace and self-awareness. By reciting sacred phrases while focusing on one’s breath, individuals connect with their core selves, reducing stress, improving focus, and promoting overall well-being (1).

Personal Experience: I first tried Zikr e Qalbi in a quiet space. My mind was initially restless, but with consistent practice, I experienced an increasing sense of calm and clarity (2).

Science Behind It: Focused attention practices like Zikr e Qalbi activate the prefrontal cortex, linked to focus, emotion regulation, and self-awareness. Regular practice may lead to structural brain changes, enhancing stress resilience (3).

Tips for Effective Practice: Find a quiet space, focus on your breath while reciting sacred phrases, gently bring your mind back when it wanders. Aim for at least 5 minutes daily but start with what feels comfortable (4).


Zikr e Qalbi is also known as “Remembrance of God” or “Dhikr.”

Practice for any duration, starting from a minute, and make it part of your daily routine. It’s accessible to everyone, regardless of religious or spiritual background (5).

Conclusion: Embrace the transformative power of Zikr e Qalbi, a simple yet profound practice that can lead you towards inner peace and self-discovery.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (5).


(1) Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013). Full Catastrophe Living. Delta.
(2) Carson, L. A., & Merriam-Webster, D. (Eds.). (2016). Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.). Merriam-Webster Inc.
(3) Fox, R. P., et al. (2014).

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(4) Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013). Full Catastrophe Living. Delta.
(5) Lao Tzu. (n.d.). Tao Te Ching: A New English Version. Vintage.

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