Each day, I will choose a few verses of Rumi’s Masnavi and reflect on them in the light of my current reality and how I can apply the wisdom for a better connection with God.
I am not sure how the daily reflections will go. I am not trying to find specific answers. I am at a stage in my life where I am trying to embrace ambiguity - “the not knowing”. I am still learning to “walk in the dark” while enjoying my journey, every step along the way even if the journey seems scary at times. Through the reflections, I will be opening my heart and my soul to receive guidance, much-needed guidance in our chaotic noisy world.
I am inviting you to join me… I will be sharing my reflections on my blog and in the private Facebook group, but this is just for ideas and hopefully inspiration … you need to do your own reflection, walk your own path, and start your own journey…
So, I am inviting you to join me on a 30-day reflection…
Note that, my reflections are not aimed at explaining or clarifying the selected poetry. In fact, sometimes, it might seem that they have nothing to do with the verses. Yet, it is about the feelings, thoughts, and insights the verses have evoked in me. So, let your Imagination roam freely and allow those:
- Reflections, and
- Narratives to develop…
These are the faculties of your soul. Your five inner senses as Traditional Islamic Medicine calls them… These are our path to knowing ourselves so we can better know our God.
“Now listen to this reed flute’s deep lament
About the heartache being apart has meant
Since from the reedbed they uprooted me
My song’s expressed each human’s agony,
A breast which separation split in two
Is what I seek to share this pain with you.” (M I: 1-3)
Nothing can kickstart this practice of reflection better than Rumi’s Song of the Reed. We’re just like this poor reed, uprooted and disconnected from our origin. Our hearts are heavy, overwhelmed, and weary by life challenges; so entangled in the web of daily hassles that it drifts away from its one and true consolation, from God. Like the reed, I lament. Lament about this deep yearning, this longing for connection, this heartache that splits my chest in two. Like the reed, I’m in agony, agony caused by separation, estrangement and disconnection. And, like the reed, I know that it is a journey I’m destined to travel – until we meet again!
Now, it’s your turn. Grab your journal and start writing.