Rabia dug a grave outside her house.
It was her own grave, dug deep down into the ground.
Rabia would go to the edge of this empty grave every morning and every evening, and she would say to herself, "This is where you shall be tomorrow."
Then she would conduct her other prayers and devotions.
Rabia did this every day.
Day after day.
Week after week.
Year after year.
Rabia stood at the edge of her grave every day for forty years, always repeating to herself, "This is where you shall be tomorrow."
That is how Rabia lived her life.
Inspired by: Sufi Women by Javad Nurbakshsh
Notes: This story is on p. 54 of the book. You can find out more about Rabia of Basra at Wikipedia.