Have you ever felt such an intense connection to something or
someone that you can’t help but feeling a sense of familiarity
when standing in front of that thing or person?
When I first read the Sufi poetry of Rumi I fell in love with
his words and was astounded when I realized these words
came to him organically in 1244. His poems are so
universal and can pass for intense modern poetry because
of their innate and pure simplicity and wisdom.
(Back story time people) My husband and I were in a band
about thirteen years ago; we disbanded after our first child was
born. We had been writing our own songs and the creativity
was kinetic in that group.
In the past six months my husband ran into two of the members
of our band and I heard from the third through Facebook.
Our guitar player has been coming to play ‘our’ music and some
renditions of covers as well-every weekend.
In the weeks leading up to the weekend-mostly in the car-when
I am alone and the radio is not on-songs are coming to me
organically. I have to keep my smartphone handy so I can
record the songs as they come. When Terry-my hubby-drives
I scrawl the words that are coming out into several notebooks.
In the past few months I have written over 25 complete songs.
They all tell stories-some tragic; some non-sensical-some
intense-some chill. I have been through other difficult times
in my life, but never have I had so much creativity come
In later research I learned that Rumi met his mentor, a dervish,
Shams-E-Tabrizi on Nov.15th, 1244 and became a changed man.
Rumi was so inspired by Shams that when he went missing after
answering the door-Rumi’s bereavement sent him into a state of
such intense grief that he began reciting his lyrical poems
This is when he came upon this belief:
Why should I seek? I am the same as he.
His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself.
In retrospect I feel that so many of the most creative people
have come from a place of darkness and that place has
allowed them to see the light more intensely-therefore
allowing them to create such emotionally poignant pieces
Journal Entry: read some of Rumi’s poetry and respond in your journal.
Why are you connected to that specific poem? What did you learn about
yourself through the poetry?
A Selection of Poetry by Rumi
Rumi-The Full Documentary
Playlist of Poetry by Rumi-with Visual Inspiration/Music
If You Feel Compelled to Whirl like a Dirvish here is a video:
Peace, Love & Namaste Em