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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“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.”
― The Illuminated Rumi
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― The Essential Rumi
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
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.”
“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
“I want to see you.
Know your voice.
Recognize you when you
first come ’round the corner.
Sense your scent when I come
into a room you’ve just left.
Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot.
Become familiar with the way
you purse your lips
then let them part,
just the slightest bit,
when I lean in to your space
and kiss you.
I want to know the joy
of how you whisper
“silence is the language of god,
all else is poor translation.”
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
“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.”
“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
“لا تجزع من جرحك، وإلا فكيف للنور أن يتسلل إلى باطنك؟”
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”