“Rumi is able to verbalise the highly personal and often confusing world of personal growth and development in a very clear and direct fashion. He does not offend anyone, and he includes everyone…. Today Rumi’s poems can be heard in churches, synagogues, Zen monasteries, as well as in the downtown New York art/performance/music scene.”
– Shahram Shiva
Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet, Sufi mystic, Islamic philosopher. He is appreciated around the world by nearly everyone, as he should be! In today’s episode, we are going to hear three Rumi quotes and have insightful chats about each one. We’ll also move through a visualization exercise that you don’t want to miss!
I was first introduced to Rumi a few years ago during my time traveling solo around the world. Rumi quotes seemed to be finding me everywhere.
We’ll start with a quote that reminds me of time in Rome. This was a time in my life that was very open, there was a good amount of uncertainty and this quote offered me comfort (a good amount of comfort) during this time.
Here is quote #1:
What you seek is seeking you.
If you’re like me, you have big dreams and having big dreams can be really daunting. When we take Rumi’s words into account and let them resonate with us, we can lean into a sense of ease. We can trust that that which we are seeking is seeking us in return.
Let’s do a visualization exercise together.
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While I’m proud of the work I did and the life I lived during this time, I followed the safe path laid out by societal norms and pushed down the callings of that still small voice inside me.
I bounced around as a classroom teacher, coached many a season as a swim coach (Go Gators!), earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and was on track to becoming a school principal.
As much as I LOVED teaching and working with kiddos, I felt trapped, exhausted and poor. I was functioning on autopilot. I wasn’t living intentionally.
I would often stand in front of the classroom and silently think, this isn’t for me. Overwhelm would creep in without warning and wasn’t a quiet guest. My inner voice grew from a whisper to a shout: I needed to make a change.
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