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Rumi on love, life and living:
In your light I learn how to love
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no ones sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.
When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.
The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
I am filled with you.
Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.
There’s no room for lack of trust, or trust.
Nothing in this existence but that existence.
The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.
Tao Te Ching, Ch.8 by Lao-tzu (translation by S. Mitchell, 1995)
Breathe in the crisp fresh message.
Let the words dance upon your heart.
Feel its vibrations.
Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
There are many interpretations to this quote. It spoke to me the very first time I came upon it, on a fridge magnet of all things :-), whilst on holidays years ago. This fridge magnet now sits on my fridge door, reminding me of its different messages.
For today, it speaks of being true to myself, to live life as I envision it to be, to not compromise my values nor resign to the so-called vagaries of life. It calls to me to embrace the life that is, to be in the moment and to savor these moments.
Be done with the years spent ‘doing’, of chasing the elusive butterfly. Live my life vibrantly, and let happiness find me, let it sit softly on my shoulder for as long as it desires.
Happiness is not the destination nor the goal. There is nothing to ‘do’ or anything to ‘get’ in order to be happy. Happiness is what happens of a life lived-well, with soulful intentions, mindful choices, and in spiritual connections to the world. Happiness attends to you when you least anticipate it, and few of us realize this till it’s gone. But never fear, for the butterfly will surely return to sit softly on your shoulder as you attend to living. Be still.
Original artwork by SianTD (2015).
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