“You will love again the stranger who was your self”

I thought I would share some quotes with you today composed by Rumi, one of the most influential 13th century Persian poets. Rumi practiced Sufism which is considered the more esoteric (meditative, contemplative) practice of Islam. He believed that God should be celebrated through song, dance and poetry.

For those that know me, they will know that I am not a religious person. Thus, my reason for sharing some of Rumi’s poems with you is born out of my interest in the teachings of this individual. His short poems are thought-provoking, simple yet complex, and seem more focused on the relationship you have with yourself as opposed to the one you have with God. And having a relationship with yourself, in my opinion, is perhaps the most important thing for you to accomplish in your short existence.

“Be empty of worrying / Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison / when the door is so wide open?”

“Sit, be still, and listen / because you’re drunk / and we’re at the edge of the roof.”  

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” 

The last poem I will share with you for today is not by Rumi, but is fitting with the theme of this post.

“The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. 

You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. 

Sit. Feast on your life.” 

~Derek Walcott


Happy Monday.




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