Posts Tagged ‘Rumi’

Rumi is There, Ever at Your Side

December 18, 2016



How can a 13th-century Sufi mystic help you navigate your spiritual path?

The answer is both simple and profound. The mystical poetry of Rumi, who was born Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī in present-day Afghanistan, has an incredible capacity to ignite the fire of divine love in our hearts and illuminate the way of passion for spiritual seekers.

I wrote this post for The Shift Network blog. I hope you enjoy the beauty of Rumi’s poetry!

Wherever you are in your spiritual search, Rumi is there, comforting, encouraging and inspiring you to leap with joyous abandon into the loving arms of the Divine.

If your first exposure to unfamiliar spiritual teachings uproots your belief system and leaves you reeling from information overload, Rumi is there, welcoming you into a new and beautiful world of understanding and assuring you that all is well.

Looking up gives light,
though at first it makes you dizzy.

If your search for wisdom is exclusively directed outwards, Rumi is there, admonishing you to look within.

There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, and
yet you go door to door asking for crusts.
Knock on your inner door. No other.

If you tell yourself that you are unworthy of (more…)

Learn, Grow, Keep Moving

February 11, 2009


Knowing something intellectually is one thing. Integrating it, embodying it and becoming one with it is something else entirely. I’ve long held that we are all guided with infinite wisdom and deep love, that we co-create whatever comes into our lives, and that everything happens for a reason. And yet . . . I continued to feel tension and stress when things played out in “negative” ways.

Only recently did I begin feeling the peace that comes with understanding and acceptance in such circumstances. Over the last month or so, I’ve come to see the beauty and perfection of everything that is in front of me. And I feel more like I am in this world but not of it, a goal which I’ve aspired to for quite some time. This quote from Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, captures this mindset perfectly:

For those who realize that everything is from God, everything is the same.


Take Heart, Some New Delight Awaits You

October 22, 2008

At thirty-four, I was unemployed with a family to support. I didn’t have highly marketable skills and was getting more desperate by the day. Then I aced an interview for a copywriting job at a hearing aid company. A few days later, I called the company expecting to hear good news, only to discover that the woman who had interviewed me, and who I had clicked instantly with, was no longer with the company and that the job had gone to somebody else. I was crestfallen . . . and scared. There was no clear path in front of me and I had no clue what to do next.

Looking back, not getting that copywriting job was the best thing that could have happened. Had  (more…)

Dance Like There’s Nobody Watching

September 15, 2008
Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell

In an essay in USA Weekend, Virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell recalled the time he entered his first violin competition:

I was 11 years old and nervous. I began with the worst blunder of my life, my fingers slipping off the violin entirely. My heart sank as a I realized that I could never win over the judges. So I gave up trying to be perfect, which, amazingly, resulted in a wonderful sense of freedom. I gave the best performance of my life, taking home a prize.

Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes

Bell’s story called to mind the goose bump-generating performance of 16-year-old Sarah Hughes, who vaulted from fourth place to a gold medal in figure skating in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Thinking she was out of contention, a pressure-free Hughes skated with joyous abandon. Her flawless, free-spirited performance was one of the most technically demanding routines in the history of Olympic women’s competition. She pulled off seven triple jumps—five in combination—then nailed a huge triple toe loop-triple loop combo. It was a performance for the ages, and it was only possible because Hughes skated in a spirit of celebration rather than competition. Afterwards, she told the press:

I skated for pure enjoyment. That’s how I wanted my Olympic moment to be.