Poets are the most unique consequence of any given time. The poet is like a mineral, a product of all the pressure and heat in their environment. The poet is like a piece of jade, a stone in the landscape. —Ai Weiwei. (Courtesy of My friend Rachel Kubie. Happy Birthday Rachel!). I have a few friends who…

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Sorrow prepares you for joy….Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. — Rumi. Live any length of time and vulnerabilities will come. If you think not you are merely sweeping reality under the rug. What is important is to learn how to face your vulnerabilities so that “better things” take…

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A man standing on two logs in a river might do all right floating with the current while humming in the now…. Most minds do not live in the present and can stick to a reasonable plan; most minds abruptly turn and undermine the chance of humming. — Rumi. It’s okay to be in the…

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If God said, “Rumi pay homage to everything that has helped you enter my arms,” there would not be one experience of my life, not one thought, not one feeling, not any act, I would not bow to. — Rumi. The Sufi poet, Jalaludin Rumi (1207-1273), is considered by many scholars as one of the world’s…

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