Rumi Poem: The Meaning of Love – The Affirmation Spot for Sunday February 14, 2010

Rumi was a 13th Century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. His poetry has attained iconic status in the modern world for its passion and insight into the human condition. Love was a common theme in his poems. This Valentine’s Day I am featuring one of his greatest love poems.

Lines from Rumi love poems are quoted in the newly released movie Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s to all the lovers out there.

The Meaning of Love

By Rumi

Both light and shadow
are the dance of Love.
Love has no cause;
it is the astrolabe of God’s secrets.
Lover and Loving are inseparable
and timeless.

Although I may try to describe Love
when I experience it I am speechless.
Although I may try to write about Love
I am rendered helpless;
my pen breaks and the paper slips away
at the ineffable place
where Lover, Loving and Loved are one.

Every moment is made glorious
by the light of Love.

Stay inspired and stay in love!

Ray

2010 Affirmation

“2010 is MY year! This is the year I break free! This is the year I break through! This is the year I break out!”

Ode To April

On this Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a poem I wrote to my lovely wife. My hope and my wish is that each of you are as lucky as me to find your perfect someone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Ode to April”

If Helen had a face
that launched a thousand ships
And men have long gone wild
over Mona Lisa’s lips.

Imagine how I must feel
to gaze into the eyes
Of an angel such as you
in whom true love resides.

I have yet to fully treasure
Your beauty or your subtlety;
a million little inklings of your
blessed radiant majesty.

And should I have petitioned
the mighty heavens up above
A maid so fair I’d not have found
nor one, for me, so full of love.

Yet you, my gift, arrived here
as if right on cosmic cue;
Healed the wounds from my past
and filled my heart with you.

Joy so overwhelming
had not been mine to know.
Now that I have found it
I shall never let you go.

The Birds Have Vanished Into the Sky – The Affirmation Spot for Monday January 5, 2009

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am attracting and finding new clients for my business every day.”
(click the affirmation to get the mp3)

mountain_mtfugiBeautiful poetry is a doorway into the realm of the soul. For me and I hope you, it can be a highly inspiring and beautiful form of communication.

China has one of the longest and richest poetic traditions in the world.

Li Po (also sometimes called Li Bai) was an 8th century Chinese poet. He is considered by many to be one of the two greatest poets in the long history of Chinese literature.

Approximately 1100 of his poems have survived the centuries. “The Birds Have Vanished Into The Sky” is perhaps his most famous in the Western world.

“The Birds Have Vanished”

(English translation by Sam Hamill)

The birds have vanished into the sky,
and now the last cloud drains away.

We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.

There are numerous analyses of this poem available on the Internet. I could offer one today as well. However, poetry is an individual experience.What it means is what it means to you.

Be awesome in ’09!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be.

If…By Rudyard Kipling – The Affirmation Spot for Friday November 14, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

“Aging gracefully…I am aging gracefully. I am gladly trading youth for wisdom.” (click the affirmation to hear it in mp3)
 

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) was a British author and poet born in colonial Bombay, India – modern-day Mumbai. He was best known for his childrens’ books The Jungle Book  and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. However, he was quite an accomplished poet. Some criticized him later in life as a proponent of British Imperialism. That said, his writing was accomplished and has been read by generations of children and adults alike.

 “If…” was written in 1910 and is every bit as motivational and true today as the day it was penned. It’s simply timeless. It is one of my absolute favorite poems. Parts of this poem have proliferated greeting cards for many years.

Absorb the message and you will be empowered.

If…

By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

 

Stay inspired!

Ray

Psychology of Seasons – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday September 23, 2008

This morning at 10:44 US Central time the northern hemisphere passed from Summer to Autumn. Seasonal changes represent more than climatic transition. They also alter our psychology.

Our ancestors truly recognized and appreciated the meaning of the seasons. They celebrated and revered the cycles of the seasons.

The life that comes to be in the Spring and flourishes in Summer begins to dwindle in the Fall. Today’s post is a poem I wrote in 1993. I hope it captures the magic and meaning of the transition to Fall.

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Psychology of Seasons

A sun-drenched sky
on windy autumn day;
out across open fields
passing clouds make shadow play.

Silent beauty in multi-hues,
but ominous in a sense;
for though today be delightful
darkness soon gains precedence.

Shortly days will end too soon
as the leaves of autumn blow.
The gods withhold their aid
to the lifeforms down below.

A chill permeates the air
and death is all around.
Evidenced by dying trees:
their leaves spread on the ground.

Depression need not be our course;
all things must come to pass.
Death is an integral part of life;
perennial as fields of grass.

For very soon rebirth takes place
and all springs back to life.
To our hearts the glow returns,
bringing end to stress and strife.

Given time we come to find
and perhaps appreciate
the coming of darkness and death
who’s end gives cause to celebrate.

Copyright 1993, 1997

Stay inspired!

Ray

Poem: Love’s Seed

sun in handsToday’s post is simply a poem. I wrote this poem 16 years ago and yet I often find it drifting through my mind when I need to refocus on who I am and why I’m here.

To me, this poem is an affirmation. May you find it as inspiring.

 

 

LOVE’S SEED

Love was all we knew, when to this world we came.
Yet all our lives we strive so hard to feel its warmth again.
Our blindness is amazing as love lights our path each day.
It fills needs within us and among us in its way.

Love is our true essence beyond this earthly shell.
Love is our very life-blood: the cosmic soup in which we dwell.
Love is the well-spring of our hearts; our creative force.
Love ennobles each of us; draws us to our blessed source.

Love is all there is when we wipe away delusion.
And so we must, together, come to this conclusion:
It is not symbols nor a savior that we need,
but only in each heart to replant love’s healing seed.

copyright Ray Davis 1992

Stay inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.

“Mother’s Day” – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday May 10, 2008

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“I am abundant and more so every day.” (repeats 6 times)

“You are abundant and more so every day.” (repeats 6 times)

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I wrote this poem for my mom back in 1993. I hope you enjoy it and that all the mothers out there have a peaceful, positive, and enjoyable Mothers’ Day on Sunday.

“MOTHER’S DAY”

 

Out among the stars

that flow across the sky;

there surely must be one

that caught my mother’s eye.

 

If I could I’d capture it

and lace it with a bow;

give it to my mother

so that she would know.

 

Despite our disagreements

and our differences of way;

I love her and respect her

on this, my mother’s day.

Stay inspired!

Ray