Look inside

Blue Space by  Dark Dissolution
Week 2 Lent         Today’s Scriptures: Dan 9:4-10  Lk 6:36-38

 A selection of  3 poems of 148 poems by
Mewlana  Jalaluddin     RUMI

There is Life-Force within your Soul

There is a life-force within your soul,
seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body,
seek that mine.
O traveller, if you are in search of That
Don’t look outside, look inside yourself
and seek That.

 There Is A Way 

There is a way between voice and presence
where information flows.
In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Rumi,as he is know in the west,  was born  in the Persian Empire (now Afghanistan) in 1207. He was a theologian, scholar and professor who wrote great mystical Sufi poetry.

Select reading:  http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Richard-Rohr-s-Meditation–Rumi.html?soid=1103098668616&aid=8aTnVT82V-0

This page is based on an extract of poems 104 and 121 published on Poemhunter website http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-guest-house-2/

This copyrighted work accessed via Wikipedia on  Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi; and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA.

Artwork  used with permission   Blue Space by darkdissolution

About Creative Spiritual Directions

Through Creative Spiritual Direction I am providing a sacred pace  for exploration and discovery of what is real and important in our lives at this time.

By reflecting on our own life journey … we can fashion our story…

By listening to our own voice we may hear our heart’s desires and come to know the still small voice within.

I am encouraging practical ways of nurturing and responding to the spirit within.

I invite you to come aside…step back to be still.   Allow yourself to receive in the quiet  and as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ,*  suggests:

                 “above all, trust in the slow work of God.”

Consider making a regular time of quiet for yourself …   a space in time that is yours alone.   Contemplation starts with simply setting oneself apart… quietening the outer to turn inward and take rest.    Our spiritual journey starts with this one step daily.

I provide flexible sessions to foster individuals giving voice to their inner feelings and gather seeds of insight for reflection.  This blog assists you to explore paths along your journey and provides companioning, resources and references.

I encourage you to follow  in this blog and share with companion on the journey of Creative Spiritual Directions your experiences, encounters, questions and musings.



* See Poetry Page for full verse quoted from “Heart of Fire”