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!”

Ocean Affirmation – The Affirmation Spot for Monday July 13, 2009

This is my very first attempt at putting real video up on YouTube. The footage was captured on Oahu’s North Shore during our recent trip to Hawaii. The video includes a beautiful quote by the poet Rumi and an Ocean Affirmation.

About This Affirmation:

This affirmation can really be used in different ways. It’s great for relaxation or for experiencing a little oneness with nature. The concept of merging your breath with the rythym of the ocean is very peaceful and meditating.

Hope you enjoy. Comments are welcome.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”

Roses or Thorns? – The Affirmation Spot for Friday December 12, 2008

Today’s thought:

“When you go to a garden do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with roses and jasmine.”
~Rumi

jasmine1Today’s quote comes from the 13th century Persian Poet named Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī or Rumi for short.Rumi was a Sufi mystic and a prolific poet whose work has survived and weathered well into the 21st century.

Rumi reminds us that there are two ways to look at any situation. A rose is a beautiful flower, but it also laced with sharp thorns. The question is what are we focused on? Our lives are like that garden. Every day there are roses and thorns and we have a choice which we will spend our time thinking about, talking about, and acting upon.

It’s easy to get caught up in the thorns and miss the flowers – their beauty and sweet smells – completely. The choice each and every day is yours. Will you fill this day with flowers or thorns?

Stay inspired!

Ray