Remain in the Light: Timeless Advice from a Dance in the Desert
There are times throughout the week when I need a quick pick-me-up. This is often when I turn to the Sufi master --some say Jedi-- poet Jalal ud-din Rumi, or just Rumi. He's kind of a big deal. A visionary author of lucid prose and a wildly adventurous explorer of mystical Islam. A Persian traveler who ventured across the Middle East almost a thousand years ago (October 1207-September 1273), at a time when the desert spoke to those who listened.
Rumi was one of those receptive minds who found his way to Turkey only to settle down and produce a lifetime of texts that even today, in 21st century America, reach top seller charts. It's even said he's the #1 Best Selling Poet in the US!
So I have a request.
When you find yourself in a moment of panic, at the edge of your threshold or in need of a pick-me-up I'd like for you to print out this poem and keep it in your pocket. Read it over a bowl of corn flakes or a slice of avocado toast, recite it in the shower or bedside.Just make sure to hold the words close and remain in the light.
Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Walk out like somebody suddenly born into color.
Do it now.
You’re covered with thick cloud.
Slide out the side.
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign
that you’ve died.
Your old life was a frantic running
The speechless full moon
comes out now.