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Gratitude

Wear gratitude like a cloak
and it will feed
every corner of your life.

~Rumi

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“The intelligent and refined find no rest in dwelling in one place,

So leave your homeland and travel far away!

Travel and you will meet new people replacing those left behind,

And tire yourself out, because it makes life worth living!

I have seen that water stagnates when it stands still,

Yet when it runs it is sweet and pure.

And if the lion left not its land,

it would not catch its prey

And if the arrow left not the bow,

it would not hit its aim

And if the sun moved not across the horizon,

People the world over would have tired of the sky.”

– Imam Shafi

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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

– Emily Dickinson

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On healing


Be a lamp,

a lifeboat,

a ladder.

Help someone’s soul heal.

Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

~ Rumi

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Drown in the sea

The intellectual is always showing off, the lover is always getting lost.
The intellectual runs away. afraid of drowning;
the whole business of love is to drown in the sea.

~ Rūmī

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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
Rumi
“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.”
― Rumi
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
― Rumi
“But listen to me. For one moment
quit being sad. Hear blessings
dropping their blossoms
around you.”
― Rumi

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Absolutely Clear

Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft.
My voice
So tender

My need of God
Absolutely
Clear.
-Hafiz

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