MYSTICAL POEMS: “Be kind to yourself, dear” by Rumi

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“Be kind to yourself, dear”

If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they will never harm another, and they will come to find
they hold everything you want.

If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer
lift anything to your
mouth that might wound your precious land-
that sacred earth that is
your body.

If you put your soul against this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
that lives in us.

Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.

Why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and future?
The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacity
will find no rest.

Be kind to yourself, dear – to our innocent follies.
Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
You will come to see that all evolves us.

If you put your heart against the earth with me, in serving
every creature, our Beloved will enter you from our sacred realm
and we will be, we will be
so happy.

—Rumi

Daniel Ladinsky version
Love Poems From God

4 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    Love the words” why lay yourself on the torturer’s rack of the past and the future?”They are so true!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I agree we spend so much time worrying about the future or remembering the past…while our present moment is now …and gone….

      Like

  2. Trina Graves says:

    Love these words and the beautiful picture too! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Trina! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂 ❤

      Liked by 1 person

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