How did the rose ever open its heart and give this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being, otherwise we all remain too frightened. — Hafiz. “The encouragement of light” is one of those phrases that hits me, and causes me to pause and think. It makes me think…

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I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hands even at their arc of rage, because we have finally realized there is just one flesh we can wound. — Hafiz. Hafiz is a 14th century Sufi poet who is considered to one of history’s lyrical geniuses. Emerson once said of…

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