Our Hearts Should Do This More
I sit the the streets with the homeless
My clothes stained with the wine
From the vineyards the saints tend.
Light has painted all acts
The same color
So I sit around and laugh all day
With my friends.
At night if I feel a divine loneliness
I tear the doors off Love’s mansion
And wrestle God onto the floor.
He becomes so please with Hafiz
Our hearts should do this more”.
Hafiz (c, 1317-1389) is widely recognized as the preeminent master of the Persian ghazal form. He writes in the tradition of Rumi, one of the great Sufi poets.
Hafiz is one of the eastern poets who wrote ecstatic poetry. His poetry includes concepts such as loving God so much you become drunk on the experience of the Divine love. I think this is the God I have experienced in my life. This God can not be confined in buildings, experiences life through us, does not only love one type of people. This God has no gender and is bigger than the Universe. This experience we call God is everywhere and is not capable of hate. It is within every sentient being on this planet and even within it. Which is why we are remiss in our ravaging of our planet and we will be the beings which pay the highest price.
I am a spiritual person and have studied the major religions of the world. I have no feelings of “I am right and if you believe differently, you are wrong”. I do know that experiencing the love of God is the best high in the world and it is the best aspect of my humanity. I suggest that you sit down and close your eyes and think only about loving the Divinity in the world. I can say that it is a life-changing experience.
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I received a text from an old friend today that made me do my “happy feet dance”. We have been friends for 32 years.
Our lives have been closely intertwined over the years and we lived together back in the day. We have laughed, danced, cried, hugged, with abandon. Then my husband died and she was there for me in my grief. She even took me to a Rod Stewart concert for therapeutic reasons. She helped pull me out of the black hole I landed in and never made me feel weak or lost. Then she divorced and my friend was swallowed by a quagmire that came so close to swallowing her that I was terrified. What followed were many 2-hour trips to see her and be there for her. Her journey has taken some really severe twists and turns. We meditated together and talked and cooked and then she followed her heart to Florida. It wasn’t good. We kept in contact. We talked about the perfect order of the Universe; trusting that no matter how badly things are going and look, there is an order if you trust. Trusting is hard for those of us who have struggled and we were no different. But step after step, slowly you walk along, living on the trust and doing it better some days than others. The important thing is the intention not the struggle. Her journey has branched off again and now she is walking in sunshine and happiness. I am so thrilled to see that the dark forest she passed through is behind her and right now she sees sand and surf. Hanging in there, believing in what you hope for has brought us both to a new and unshadowed place in the road. It isn’t over, this journey, but I think it might be easier for us both the next time we have to walk in twilight and shadows. Here is to the future.
“I’ve dreampt in my life that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” —-Emily Bronte
There are many things which are not explained in childhood. In a sense we are all artists sculpting the shape of our lives. We improvise, we grow like a garden full of flowers, we search till we find what is beautiful to us, We look for words that convey important concepts to us. In addition, as women we have to coordinate all of this with the various cycles of our gender. Puberty, falling in love, pregnancy, relationships, child rearing, a career all impact the composition of our lives. You consider that without instruction we go into life without a map. Some of us have plans, certain plans and then life often requires a sudden revision. It is back to the easel to pull out a new canvas, add some music for the soundtrack and you can begin again to create, design and compose your life. Over and over, as many times as we need to, those who embrace life to the fullest will always find a way to leave a brilliantly designed tapestry with a soundtrack to accompany it that would leave John Williams with his mouth hanging open.
A life well composed will always be the journey and steps we take to embrace the fullness of this tremendous gift we have been given. The trick is to show gratitude for this gift by using every single moment to sculpt the very best representation of who we really are.
I am new to blogging and I travel often so will not be able to blog every day. However, I am I going to introduce myself. I am a marching, picketing feminist who loves people. I am a photographer and artist. I have worked in Domestic Violence (DV), nursing, and the American Red Cross (AMC). I have been a make-up artist and selling specialist for major American designers. I am retired, a widow with 4 children and 9 grandchildren. I am interested in politics which effect women and children. I love poetry, books and reading.
This is by Walt Whitman, who described himself as a “barbaric yawp”.
I can not be silent. Thanks for listening.
I Sit and Look Out
“I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame.
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men at anguish with themselves, remorseful after deeds done.
I see in low life the mother misused by her children, dying, neglected, gaunt, desperate.
I see the wife misused by her husband, I see the treacherous seducer of young women,
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love attempted to be hid, I see these sights on the earth,
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny, I see martyrs and prisoners,
I observe a famine at sea, I observe the sailors casting lots who shall be kill’d to preserve the lives of the rest,
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon the negroes, and the like;
All these-all the meanness and agony without end I sitting look out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.”
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