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Meditation on RumiBy Laurie Rosenfeld
Poetry is a powerful way to meditate and to connect with the soul. It allows us to bypass our cognitive thought processes and connect with images, feelings and sensations. And it can be quite transformative.
My work is about transformation, wholeness and coaching the human spirit. And although coaching often begins as a verbal exercise, there are many ways to unlock the soul’s potential and walk a path of wholeness. Rumi’s piece below moves me deeply. I am curious to hear how it speaks to you?
From the moment you came into this world,
A ladder was placed in front of you,
That you might transcend it.
From earth, you became plant,
From plant, you became animal,
Afterwards, you became a human being
Endowed with knowledge, intellect and faith.
Behold the body, born of dust,
How perfect it has become.
Why should you fear its end?
Where were you ever made less by dying?
When you pass beyond this human form
No doubt you will become an angel
And soar through the heavens,
But don’t stop there, even heavenly bodies grow old.
Pass again from the heavenly realm and
Plunge, plunge into the vast ocean of consciousness,
Let the drop of water that is you
Become a hundred mighty seas.
But do not think that the drop alone
Becomes the ocean.
The ocean too becomes the drop.
Rumi’s words invite us into a beautiful meditation. If you can, take 5-10 minutes to sit with this. Here is a suggested practice:
1. Choose to sit someplace away from your work where you are not distracted.
2. Turn off your phone for the allotted time. Set a timer if you like.
3. Take a few deep breaths. Empty your mind. Breathe from your belly.
4. Focus on Rumi’s words. Read each line slowly. Read out loud to yourself.
5. Notice the images, feelings, and body sensations that arise. Afterward, take out a journal and capture anything that seems important.
Rumi’s words are infused with deep insight and wisdom. Like an Oracle, they offer us messages. What messages do you take away from this piece?
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