This One is Mine – Poem by Hafiz

Someone put
You on a slave block
And the unreal bought

Now I keep coming to your owner

“This one is mine.”

You often overhear us talking
And this can make your heart leap
With excitement.

Don’t worry
I will not let sadness
Possess you.

I will gladly borrow all the gold
I need

To get you

– Hafiz

Staying Connected to the Divine

We all have days that we feel a part of something bigger. Like we plugged into the power source and everything is running as it should.

Then we have the “other days”

We feel disconnected, powerless and isolated.

How far away we feel from a Higher Power and question its existence. We lose perspective. We begin to wonder what our purpose is, or perhaps, if we even have a purpose at all.

It is important to remember on days like these that the answers are inside of us.

Our connection to the divine has not gone anywhere, we just stopped listening. The power, the truth and the connectedness are always available to us when we need it. You will find it between the in breath and the out breath that still small voice whispering the answers if you’ll only stop to listen.

Your Mother and My Mother – Poem by Hafiz

Fear is the cheapest room in the house
I would like to see you living
In better conditions,

for your mother and my mother
Were friends.

I know the Innkeeper
In this part of the universe.
Get some rest tonight,
Come to my verse tomorrow.
We’ll go speak to the Friend together.

I should not make any promises right now,
But I know if you
Somewhere in this world-
Something good will happen.

God wants to see
More love and playfulness in your eyes
For that is your greatest witness to Him.

Your soul and my soul
Once sat together in the Beloved’s womb
Playing footsie.

Your heart and my heart
are very, very old

– Hafiz

What Love Is

“Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8)

Be Like Water

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.”

– Bruce Lee

I love this quote by Bruce Lee how he talks about the power of the fluid. To me water is representative of persistence as well.

We show up on our mats every day to do this practice of yoga and we become water. We are present enough to let the practice evolve and we move with it.

We become the surf lapping up against the cliff side, some days we make a lot of progress, other days we may take away just one grain of sand. We just keep showing up on our mat and over time we start to see changes. We are a little kinder, a little softer, sometimes wiser. Often it is so subtle it is barely noticeable, other times we make quantum leaps.

Eventually we carve out a beautiful practice for ourselves. We show up and calmly, mindfully yet relentlessly and passionately practice our yoga. With unyielding consistency and persistence the transformation takes place.