Mysticism, Love, and Inspiration

24 Jun

You know the feeling of inspiration?

I wish I could say I felt it more often. Sometimes it’s a fleeting second in a day, when I realize how blessed I am. Sometimes it’s the amount of time it takes to hear a beautiful piece of music. I find it in staring into artwork that at the same time amazes and confuses me. I find it in a baby’s laugh, PostSecret cards on Sundays, and in things that amuse me.

And last night, I found it in the poetry of Rumi. If you don’t know who that is, you can read a little of his biography here (I know it’s Wikipedia, but I read over it, and it’s pretty legit.).

Here’s a quote from the translator who introduces the book:

“The Hebrew word, makom, refers to the sacred as a location. One can live in the heart. Rumi’s odes speak from there and invite us in as though to a galactic residence of interiority. I felt drawn to the vast beauty of that…His presence and his poetry was, and is, inclusive, allied with the impulse to praise and recognize every being and every moment as sacred. Interfaith hardly reaches the depth of his connecting. Rumi speaks from the clear bead at the center.

I spent an hour last night completely entranced with his words, and more time this morning. Sometimes I completely connect with his metaphors, other times they confuse me or don’t quite fit. But that’s the beauty of it. So here is one of my favorites:


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 someone suddenly born into color.

Do it now.

You’re covered with thick cloud.

Slide out the side. Die,

and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign

that you’ve died.

Your old life was a frantic running

from silence.

The speechless full moon

comes out now.


One Response to “Mysticism, Love, and Inspiration”


  1. Everyone Needs a Favorite Poet. « Life according to Rachel - May 31, 2011

    […] favorite poet is Rumi. I wrote about him when I first discovered him last year, and still find daily inspiration in his words. For […]

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