Your moment of zen.

Well, more like Sufi mysticism.

I’m a big fan of Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet/theologian. He wrote volumes of poems, which stuck around and have been translated into English over the last 800 years.

But Rumi’s last volume caused some problems with his contemporaries: In some of his poems, he declared that love is religion’s only precept and encouraged people to be heretics to find the truth of Islam. I guess you could say Rumi was ahead of his time, which might be the reason his work has been around for so long.

So on to the good stuff! I ran across this poem today in The Forbidden Rumi and thought it was so appropriate for so many of you folks out there. Besides, we could all use a little more poetry in our lives. So enjoy! I hope it brings a little joy to your day.

Choose Love

Because of the beloved
my heart is happy,
my soul illuminated.

From the beloved’s greenery
hundreds of blessed rivers
are flowing to the rose gardens.

In order to enter into your rose garden,
the soul makes peace with the thorns.

Choose love. Choose love.
Without this beautiful love,
life is nothing but a burden.

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