Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:
The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Quran, being humble before Allah in secret, and leaving sins.
[Haadee al-Arwaah ilaa Bilaad al-Afraah (p.45) of Ibn al-Qayyim.]
# February – Being more humble
If the heart is not pure or honourable enough, and distance from every evil and malice, then it is unworthy to love, know and aspire to Allah. On the contrary, the lowest description of man’s heart is that he loves and aspires to this worldly life instead to Allah, the Almighty.
When man’s love, knowledge and aspiration is directed in this worldly way, the heart becomes narrow and gloomy as it is distant from the source of its revival and life.
[AL-FAWA’ID A COLLECTION OF WISE SAYINGS Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim]