“At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window.” Rumi
This lovely meditation on the moon touched me deeply. Rumi is a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. He’s widely described as the “most popular poet” and the “best-selling poet” in the United States. His work is shared in many languages. A gathering of his joyful thoughts about living and writing dangerously:
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others.
Unfold your own myth.”
“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?”
May some of these words light a fire in our hearts as we all write on!
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