MYSTICAL POEMS: “Your heavy bag” by Rumi

    If you are lugging a heavy bag, do not fail to look inside it to see whether what is inside is bitter or sweet. If it is really worth bringing along, bring it; otherwise, empty your sack and redeem yourself from fruitless effort. Only put into your sack that which is worth bringing….

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

“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…

A quote from Rumi on “heaven and hell”

Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Do not worry about hell or dream about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy, or fight someone, we tumble straight into the fires of hell. —Rumi

Mystical Poems: “Say I am You” by Rumi

“Say I am You” I am dust particles in sunlight. I am the round sun. To the bits of dust I say, Stay. To the sun, Keep moving. I am morning mist, and the breathing of evening. I am wind in the top of a grove, and surf on the cliff. Mast, rudder, helmsman, and…

MYSTICAL POEMS: “A summons” by Rumi

Listen. In the silence between your heartbeats bides a summons. Do you hear it? Name it if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there? Leave that which is not, but appears to be. Seek that which is, but is not apparent. —Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Quote from Rumi: “Do you know what you are?”

Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that. —Rumi

A quote from Rumi on what we do each day

“Today, like every other day we wake empty and frightened, Don’t open the door in the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rumi     Thank you to my friend Kamal for…

A short poem about God by Rumi

Hush. I am so close, I may look distant. So completely mixed with you, I may look separate. So out in the open, I appear hidden. So silent, because I am constantly talking with you. —Rumi

“Love with no object” by Rumi

Love with no object. There is a way of loving not attached to what is loved. Observe how water is with the ground, always moving toward the ocean, though the ground tries to hold water’s foot and not let it go. This is how we are with wine and beautiful food, wealth and power, or…